Indeed, it has been a long winter...and there is no sign of it relenting anytime soon. We have our indoor greenhouse set up for seed starts so we sprouted some wheatgrass to give our feathered friends a little green reprieve. Afterall, this time in other years my peas are planted and there is no sign of that with at least a foot of snow on the ground.
Tending our grass was a chore that all the children gladly lined up to do...spritzing water under the lights is a fun job for all of us as the snow falls (and falls and falls) from the sky. And the smell of green life surging upwards is heavenly, I tell you.
Given all the gentle murmurings and cluckings we overheard, our girls were grateful for the wheatgrass...Miss Maisie even thought she'd sit on it awhile! Judging by the intense yellow-orange of their yolks, these girls were needing a little vitamin boost found in the nutrient-dense wheatgrass.
Giving our animals a little extra love at this time of year gives us all a feeling that we are in this together...and surely that will help bide the time until our long winter ends.