As more cold lurks in forecast, McDougal's plan spring garden|
|Jerry and Maydene McDougal have the perfect cure for the winter blues.|
With temperatures hovering the single digits—and only expected to get worse over the next few days—the McDougals have covered their dining room table with seeds and filled their calendar with spring planting events and educational workshops.
With the exception of a Caribbean cruise, it may be the best chill-chaser around.
“The seeds are already starting to pile up on the dining room table waiting to be sorted and scheduled,” the McDougals, who operated McDougal Farms LLC northeast of Antigo, said. “It's amazing how many tons of food our little table can hold when it is still in seed form. Add a little water, rich soil and a few sunny days, and vavoom, tons of good food.”
The McDougals recently sent out their first newsletter of the new year, seeking patrons for the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program which provides weekly helpings of fresh vegetables to shareholders.
“We already have a strong 30 percent of last year's members signed up and on board for another growing season,” the McDougals said. “We have a cap-off number of 150 members this season and would like to have all sign-ups in earlier this year. We start growing and estimating transplant numbers already by the first of March.”
Applications and more information can be downloaded off the Website at mcdougalsfarm.com or picked up at Natural Living.
“We get a lot of people who wonder what we do in the winter,” the McDougals said. “Besides the usual winter blahs, we stay busy. We spend our winters learning, ordering, planning, scheduling, fixing, cleaning, teaching and doing some of our other favorite hobbies like making homemade soaps and wine”
The McDougals said that even with the frigid conditions, it’s important to get outdoors, take in some vitamin D3, known as the sunshine vitamin, and work those lungs a little bit to get that cool, clean, fresh air deep inside and get rid of the cobwebs.”
They have spent the winter studying and learning about a variety of nutritional topics, including at the Antigo Public Library’s video series with Dr. Joel Fuhrman. The series will continue Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on saying no to heart disease and diabetes.
McDougal Farm upcoming events subject to revisons, include:
—Feb. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., the movie 'FRESH' at the Antigo Public Library. “We love this movie,” the McDougals said. “If you have never seen it before, please join us for free, our treat.” Please call ahead for seating at 715-627-4418.
—Feb. 8, 4 to 6 p.m. “McDougal's Farm: Who we are and why we do what we do?” Social and refreshments to follow. $10. This event will be held in the large greenhouse here on the farm. Call ahead for seating.
—Feb. 22, 4 to 6 p.m. Guest speaker Wendy Fassbender with a fast-paced, power hour of learning, connecting whole foods to good health. Cost is $12 per person. Please call ahead for reservations 715-627-4418
—March 20, 6:30 p.m. “The Great Tomato Saga and Torments Workshop.” The McDougals will be talking about variety choice, heirlooms, favorites, planting secrets for more fruit, pruning, mulches and late blight and how to protect your plants without all the chemicals. Cost is $5. Call ahead, 715-627-4418.
—March 22, Saturday, 1 p.m. “Bee-Ware of the Whirly Woos!” children's workshop. This year the focus will be on making Whirly-Woos or bird scarers for gardens. Children will also learn about honey bees and will be planting a bee loving nectar flower for each to take home. Cost per child is $5 with adult. Call ahead, 715-627-4418
—May 16 to 18 and May 23 to 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., McDougal's Farm Greenhouse opens for sales. Located at W10835 Bluebell Rd. Deerbrook.
From May 19 to June 1 the McDougals are putting out a call for people to help put in transplants. “ If you can give us a hand, call us at 715-627-4418 the day before,” the said. “Bring knee pads and a water bottle if you have them.”
Seeds are piled up on Jerry and Maydene McDougal's dining room table, waiting for spring.
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