But what about the insects who, unlike the humans on a foray, are living the cold all the time? How do they do it? I am not going to pretend to understand all the details but from my bouncing internet searches, I can tell you that the stonefly uses two strategies. It avoids the coldest of the cold temperatures by living in their larval state in the stream, insulated by ice on the waters surface. Additionally, they produce an antifreeze like substance that allows the water in their bodies to drop well below freezing temperatures without freezing. If you are interested in knowing more check out this article on Winter Stoneflies or go to the Jackson Conservation Districts Stonefly count on February 3rd (RSVP here) or check out this article written by the engaging scientist and ecology writer Holly Menninger.
In good news, daylight hours are increasing. All the more day to enjoy!
See ya at market!
P.S. To all of our CSA customers: please be aware that we are unable to update your balance in the email at the moment. Sorry for the inconvenience! As soon as we finish creating our spreadsheets for the 2018 season, balances will once again be up to date in the weekly email. Thanks for bearing with us! If you need your current balance, please email us and we'll tally it up for you!
All the best!
Helen, Jim, Exie the dog, and the Lake Divide Farm Crew!
Cabbage: Green, red, round, crinkly, smooth, ALL DELICIOUS! Check out our pseudo-brussels-cabbage too!
Carrots: Orange, White, Yellow, and some sneaky purples
Kohlrabi: Beastly beauties. I have been cubing and roasting them and can't get enough. I don't even peel the little ones!
Potatoes: White, red skinned, and fingerlings!
Radishes: Loose daikon, green meat (sweet daikon), black, watermelon
Winter squash: Long pie, spaghetti, butternut
Turnips- Purple Top and a sweet white ruta-turnip
*We send this email out before harvest, and although we do our very best to make accurate predictions, crops and quantities found at market may vary.
Markets, always rain or shine!
(we begin attending on dates listed above)
Saturday: Ann Arbor and Chelsea
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am to 3 pm.
The Chelsea Farmers' Market is in the cafeteria of the Washington Street Education Center at 500 Washington Street in Chelsea, It runs November through March from 9 am to 1 pm.
We are currently revamping our spreadsheets. Updated balances will be in the next email. If you need your balance, don't hesitate to email.