The last couple of weeks have been filled with last minute preparations for the winter weather that finally made its appearance. Bill and Liam sealed the old barn windows that leak cold air, wrapped the laying hens’ pen with plastic, and hung heat lamps over their roosts. They also closed the ends of the greenhouse. In the fields we dug carrots, pulled radishes, and cut kale and herbs. We spread another cover over the spinach tunnels while crossing our very cold fingers, hoping it will protect the precious crop. And next year’s garlic beds were put to bed under several inches of straw.