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12.3.18


Good Morning, Farm Friends, These last few days have been magical, haven't they?!  We feel like kids again as we watch the snow fly through our picture window in the living room.  We check the online cameras at Powderhorn and the CDOT cameras on top of the Mesa and anticipate just how much of the white stuff is going to fall from the sky that day.  We've spent our days cooking up more pumpkin pies from Winter Luxury pumpkins we have in the root cellar, making a big pot of pork green chili from roasted Big Jim and Sandia peppers of this past summer, and filling the house with the exotic smells of a Moroccan tagine made with heirloom tomatoes that seem to taste almost better now than they did when freshly picked.  We've been cozy to say the least.  The feel and look of freshly fallen snow never seems to lose the luster that it had when you were a child, wondering, is enough going to fall that we'll have a day off of school??  We waited all winter last year and never saw any accumulation like this. These wintry days have been an amazing time to recharge both mentally and physically.  Yesterday as my beagle, Spirit, and I took a walk up the country roads, with each step we felt more and more as though we were in a snow globe.  To watch the snowflakes fall to the earth was dizzying.  The sound of silence echoed over the fields that had been put to sleep for the winter, and the hope that we felt as our drought-stricken season came to a close permeated my being once again, as you could sense the healing and rejuvenation that this moisture was bringing to all the plant life.  I could only plea with the universe that every being could feel this sense of peace, stillness, and pure, unadulterated joy.  To be alone and have all of these gifts all around us.  What an ethereal experience. Indoors, Cale and I have spent these days pouring over seed catalogs, getting lost in the semantics of which pepper is the best producer and will ripen first and which tomato will resist cracking the best.  It sometimes feels nearly impossible to limit the number of varieties of crops we grow.  Our hoop houses remain the one island of green as far as we can see.  The snow has piled up along the sides, sealing off any cracks where cold air can seep in.  We hope that it will be protective as we dip into single digits tonight.  Even inside these high tunnel structures, we are leaving the Agribon fabric in place covering and insulating our tender crops on these last few chilly days.  We uncovered on Saturday and were surprised to see that not only had our greens grown, but we had new germination in a bed of spicy greens that was seeded on a warm day a couple of weeks back.  These will hopefully be ready to harvest around Valentine's Day.  When you stop and think, what a miracle it really is that these little seeds can come to life in the midst of a snow storm and sub-freezing temperatures.  The mystery of Mother Nature is mind boggling.  With this said, our online store is now open until Thursday evening.  We have LIMITED amounts of salad greens, spinach, and pea shoots available.  For those that may not have seen the email last week, we have a new online ordering system that we are so excited about!  We will continue to send out a newsletter on Mondays, but the online store will be open from Monday through Thursday evening with our produce availability.  We will still be harvesting each Friday with farm pick-ups on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon.  Our online store is located at:  www.ultreiafarmstead.com/shop Here you will see photos and prices of items that can be added to your cart.  Once you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email.  There is also a place for any special notes.  No payments will be accepted online; cash or check are still the methods of accepted payment at the time of pick-up.  If you have any questions, please send us an email and we'll get back to you right away!   And, with this, we wish everyone another happy Snow Day!  With each flake that falls, we become ever more hopeful that the drought of last summer will soon be a distant memory, Thank you for your continued support of our farm and local, organic agriculture.  It is our great privilege and honor to be growing food for you.  In gratitude, Melissa & Cale

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