This is a special week for farmers at our latitude (40* North)!
This is the week (on Thursday 11/12) that our total daylight hits 10 hours and then begins its slow decline until the Winter Solstice on December 21st, where we bottom out at 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.
In the farming world this time period where daylight is 10 hours or less has been coined the “Persephone Period”. Once we hit these low light times of the year, many crops stop growing or are growing so slow that it’s almost imperceptible!
Our Persephone Period is from November 12th through January 28th. This means that in order for us to harvest greens in January and February we need to have them planted no later than mid-October in our high tunnels!
Winter growing can be tricky but we enjoy the challenge and the warm, humid refuge of a high tunnel full of greens in the darkest months of the year.
While most of our Thanksgiving celebrations are going to look different than they normally do this year, it doesn’t mean that we can’t eat just as well as we normally would!
If you want to try an all (or mostly) local meal for the holiday this year, we’ve got you covered!
We have been working with local farmers all spring and summer to bring subscription members and Farm Stand customers the best that Nebraska growers have to offer.
Imagine fresh mashed potatoes, roasted winter squash and sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad on your table this Thanksgiving!
The last day to order through the online Farm Stand is Sunday the 15th at 11pm. Your box will be delivered to you or you can pick it up in Lincoln or on The Farm 11/18-11/21.
The Online Farm Stand will open on Friday the 13th at 3pm and here’s the link to grab a box of local food for the holiday:
While not in person, we look forward to joining you on your plate for this Thanksgiving holiday!