Murray knows just how to handle the cold days of February. All you need is a cozy spot to sleep, a friend to commiserate with and a view of your kingdom. Then you can dream of spring while the snow flies outside. I think we can all learn a lesson from this little farm dog whether we are embracing Canada’s winter wonderland or planning forward to warmer days. You can visit “Tater Tales: Murray Loves Winter” to see how our farm dog keeps busy during the winter months.
Whether you embrace it or evade it, whether you enjoy it or hide from it, whether you love it or hate it, winter is here in southern Ontario. Last night the temperature dropped to a rather chilly -15C with some light snow. We woke up this morning to a stunning display of crystallized snow sparkling in the brilliant sunshine. Even though I was supposed to be doing accounting, I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and heading out into the frigid temperatures for a quick photo shoot. You can visit “Weedy Wednesday” to see some more photos of winter here at the farm in 2019.
Sing along everyone. I know you all know this classic song:
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose under heaven
A time to plant
A time to reap
We use our tractors in every season and have implements for every purpose imaginable. Here are our tractors hard at work preparing our land for planting as they pull implements such as the fertilizer spreader, disc harrow, cultivator and manure spreader. The heavy duty tractors pull the large potato harvester and the smaller windrower during the harvest. And sometimes we even allow a special guest to tag along with the drivers to provide some company during the very long summer days!
To see videos of these machines at work you can visit “Tater Tales Potato Planter” and “The Potato Harvester.”
Today as we move our clocks forward an hour, I think most of us can safely say we have had enough of winter and are ready to move towards spring. But before we dismiss winter completely, I have compiled a small slideshow of photos of winter 2020 here at the farm. All the predictions called for a long, cold, snowy and hard winter. Yet we went through one of the rainiest Januaries since data collection started, snow fall was sporadic and the temperatures fluctuated wildly. I hope you enjoy these photos whether you spent last winter out and about in the snow or opted to snuggle with blankets by a blazing fire. To have a closer look at some tiny wintery treasures you can visit “Weedy Wednesday.”
Winter has returned with a real vengeance here in Southern Ontario. The intense snowfall and howling winds cannot touch our potatoes that are safely housed in our potato storages. The photo above shows one of our potato storages that are usually filled to capacity after the fall harvest. Over the winter we carefully maintain and monitor temperature and humidity levels to preserve the potatoes until we are ready to pack them for our customers. To have a closer look at the inside of one of our storages you can visit “A Rare Occurrence.”
Sometimes it can be hard to drag ourselves out of bed in the morning and face a long, cold, dark winter day here at the farm. However, it can be a little easier with a beautiful view like this one taken at 5:00 am from our back porch earlier this week. And yes, this is what often greets us when we have an early start to our day! To see some other pictures of the beautiful sky seen around our farm you can visit “The Sky.”
Southern Ontario was hit with substantial snow over the weekend. How do we cope with clearing all the driveways, laneways, pathways and walkways here at the farm? We bring in the big equipment naturally! The photos above show John using the loader tractor and RJ using the backhoe to clear snow. All done under the watchful eye of Murray of course! To see some photos of unusual winter phenomenon I took here at the farm you can visit “Weird Winter Weather.”
Thompson Potato Farm
Farming is fascinating!