Osage oranges and all black wooly worms have some farmers thinking it will be a hard winter. An abundance of the green “monkey brain” fruits of the Osage tree, according to farmer lore, signals a long, cold winter. Coupled with the other tell-tale sign–predominant black coloring on the usually black-and-brown wooly worm–the Osage oranges have farmers predicting deep snow this year.
Visitors continue to harvest field corn by hand. Upon filling the corncrib, the familiar sign which reads “Do Not Open Until Spring –Thanks, the Animals” will be hung and the harvest sealed up for use next year in cornmeal and animal feed.
Farmer Rob noticed yesterday that the spelt, which was planted back on October 22, has germinated. Spelt, like wheat, oats, and other cereal grains, is planted in the fall so that seeds germinate and then go dormant over the winter. This gives the crop a head start on the growing season once spring arrives.
Last Friday, beekeeper Bob Hughes visited the bees and gave them a checkup. He treated them for varroa mites with thymol and said the bees haven’t looked this good in ten years.