The above picture shows beets greens frozen on the farm. They finally thawed around noon.
I’ve lived in Tonopah for nearly 16 years and never ever have I seen a winter freeze last as long as this cold snap. Last night was the coldest night thus far, 15 degrees above zero at 3:30 a.m. and when I checked again at 5:30 it was 17 bone chilling degrees. I just couldn’t believe it!
A half inch of ice grew over night in the turkeys water dish that was sitting under the tangelo tree.
Tonopah Rob’s 40 year old Tangelo Tree growing next to the fish pond.
At 1 p.m. I rode out to the North 40 and began turning on sprinklers. Most of the hoses were still froze and some hoses never thawed. Those that were lying in the shade have been frozen solid for three days. Frost cloth has been spread out over the broccoli crop since the first night of the freeze. I covered the baby citrus trees too. I spent several hours today picking fruit. I think the fish pond once again has saved the citrus crop at least 90 percent of it. That’s right, I dug a fish pond years ago hoping it would help save the citrus trees and their fruit from freezing. I spent another half hour tonight at the kitchen sink eating a smorgasbord of all natural sweet, cold delicious citrus. I wanted more, it is that good. It has a good old fashioned flavor. Below is the veggie list.
The above picture shows baby cabbage plants frozen solid around 11 o’clock in the morning.
Salad mixes, kale, and spinach are usually really tough and this year they don’t like what mother nature is doing. By the time they thaw and draw strength from the sunshine, the temperatures again drop, and sagging even farther to the ground than they did a few hours ago shows more signs of a possible deadly freeze could sweep the farm including killing all the bee colonies. This is really serious to the farm.
Over the next week to three weeks, I will know what was affected by the freeze. I hope very little. Because of the weather, it’s possible I might have to down size market locations and discontinue others for a few weeks until new crops are ready and the weather changes. It’s way too cold to send any one out in the fields now that this freeze has been going on for five nights. The days are too cold and tools, motors, and people don’t work to their potential.
Come out for a farm tour on Saturday, the farm warms up around ten in the morning. The farm is really cool to see in any weather condition. I will see you at the farm!
The Veggie list is good for these market locations this weekend. Farm Stand-Saturday Only, regular time. NO Sunday Farm Stand this week. Tonopah Rob will not be at Momma’s on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Stock Shop, Wigwam, and CLF will be open as usual.
The Veggie List:
- White Grapefruit
- Salad Sweeties
- Watermelon Radishes
- Daikon Radishes
- Red Stem Turnips
- All Lettuce Mix
- Heirloom Spinach Mix
- Kale Mix
- Collard Greens
- Tonopah Salad Mix
- Fresh Eggs
- Hawaiian Pink Ginger
- Salad Radishes
- Old Fashioned Purple Top Turnips
- This list could have items added to its itinerary or taken away. All depends on the freezing weather. I could also add late market closures due to lack of harvest. Keep checking in every day to two to keep updated on the farms progress.
- Deanie’s Caps and Beanies-check them out. FARM STAND ONLY (FSO) OR (FS)
- Tupperware STOCK SHOP (SS), FSO
- Pure Life Greens SS, FS
- Grace’s Herbals FS, SS
- Honey Hive Farms SS