Winter time provides a nice break from the pace of the Summer and Fall. We have cleaned up our fields, harvested tons of roots for storage, and straightened up our barn. Summarizing the records from this past year gives us the information we need to plan for next year. Information and planning are crucial this time of year. We can basically plan the entire season before it starts, which allows us to slightly adjust the plan on the fly but mostly execute during the growing season. I like to look back through previous blog posts on our website to see what I was doing 3 years ago on the same month. Facebook is also a wonderful visual record keeper that allows me to see what I have done and when. The goal is to be more efficient and productive while striking a balance between work and lifestyle. Just doing more work does not always provide better results. Winter leaves space for reflection and allows the farmer to improve on the years past and start fresh. I really enjoy this profession because it goes with the seasons. When you want to hibernate and stay inside you can! When the sun is out until 8pm in the summer you are outside buzzing around. I can not think of a better job. Happy Solstice and Happy New Year, may you all bring in the light.