Busy Sea­son

Farm & Ranch Living - - NEWS - Jen­nifer Zei­gler Deputy Ed­i­tor

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.

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