FOR THOSE OF US IN MORE NORTHERN CLIMES, the time has come for a bit of rest as winter snows settle into the ruts in the fields. But I suspect some of you are chuckling at that idea. This time of year offers plenty to do in your part of the country.
In California, for example, citrus season is in full swing. And no one has a more surprising array of citrus trees and shrubs than Gene Lester. Meet him and get a glimpse into his 50-year-old collection on page 56.
Down in Texas, the Dineen family is in planting mode ahead of the winter rains. If all goes well, next spring they’ll be harvesting the whole grains they grind and package into handmade baking mixes. You’ll love getting to know this close-knit family in their monthlong farm diary, which begins on page 30. I know I did.
And in Missouri, one topsy-turvy day on Charity Keith’s Christmas tree farm created a lot of extra work leading up to the busy season. Laugh along with Charity as she navigates the unexpected challenges of farming life on page 27.
Me? I enjoy the ambling pace that winter brings. Silent snowfalls give me reason to settle in with a good book—and there are some fine options in our gift guide on page 18. Whether winter winds blow or it’s sunshine and roses in your neck of the woods, I hope you’ll revel in all the season offers. Peace and goodwill to you and yours.