Howell Farm has high hopes for a good harvest of ice this season. The prolonged freezing temperatures are the most obvious factor for their confidence. However, on the farm’s nearest pond, within the Round Pasture, the water is less responsive to the cold. A gentle but ever flowing current from the feeder springs leaves a path of clear water which has been further disturbed by geese activity. Belle Mountain Pond along Valley Road looks much more promising, with several inches of clear thick ice. Farm manager Gary Houghton hopes to harvest ice within the next few weeks off of Belle. A scheduled ice harvest on January 29 will be open to the public as Howell Farm’s first Saturday event of the year 2011.
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