Bad news first, because it’s always nice to get it out of the way early in the story. The bad news is that winter is back for at least few days. The snow and cold from the current weather activity will slow things down again here at the farm. Therefore, we will delay Monday deliveries to Tuesday to give everything a chance to thaw. It will also result in another week of smaller lettuce as nothing likes to grow when it’s this cold.
The good news is February 3, and the number 10. On the surface these two may seem to have little in common but in reality they are linked in a very powerful way. For this is the day that we climb back over 10 hours of natural light for a day. This matters because 10 hours of light is the length needed for plants to really start growing again. Lower than that they are mostly dormant unless given a little help (aka artificial lights).
Of course we are still in winter, we still have clouds, we still have cold -- but it is one more indication that we are inching towards spring, though on days like this it is hard to tell.