Forecast By Tommy Stafford – Nelson County Life Magazine
Photography By Henri Weems
For Nelson County Life Magazine Â©2008
Nelson County, Virginia
Don’t you just love it when you see folks doing something good…No I mean really good. moving some place, taking a leap of faith, and doing in their heart what they know’s right. That’s Ken and Yvonne Harris. They’ve made Afton and the Rockfish Valley their home. Heck, they’re already raising the next generation of Harris’ now. Farming and farming right is the way they do things.
At a.m. Fog on the Nelson-Albemarle County Line along Route 151 in Afton. They’re as close to the farm as you can get with plenty of fresh meats and vegetables.
They tell me right now they have veggie start, 6 kinds of lettuce. spinach, kale, brocoli, cabbage. And soon they’ll have 26 types of heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, and a big selection of HOT HOT HOT HOT, did I say HOT, YIKES! peppers!
They’ve already got; asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, STRAWBERRIES, strawberry onions (the best!!!), roasting potatoes, Idaho potatoes, carrots, green peppers, farm eggs, meat, and fresh baked bread.
And yea, they still have my favorite the trusty:
-Local â€œHappy Steerâ€ Hormone and Antibiotic Free Meat
-Local Hormone & Antibiotic Free Chicken
Not to mention all of the other vegetables, annual, and perennial plants along with fruit trees ready for the spring planting! It’s time!
That new beautiful farm market is OPEN FOR BUSINESS NOW, and before long stop in for hot teas, coffee, muffins, and bread while you take a look around.
Visit them on the web at www.amfog.net or call them at 540-456-7100.
–SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Nelson County Life Magazine in the Rockfish Valley : 58Â°/42Â° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.00″ – YTD: 6.84″
–SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Wintergreen Nature Foundation on Devil’s Knob @ Wintergreen Mountain : 44Â°/34Â° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.00″ – YTD: 11.80″
–SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Hatcreek Farm on Horseshoe Mountain @ Roseland, VA : 57Â°/39Â° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.00″ – YTD: 12.40″
–SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Tiger Fuel @ Lovingston, VA : 61Â°/42Â° – Rain Unavailable
–SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Delfosse Winery & Vineyard @ Faber, VA : 58Â°/45Â° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.00″ – YTD: 4.46″
–SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Mini Tara Vineyards @ Arrington, VA : 56Â°/43Â° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.00″ – YTD: 3.64″
Before I completely get off of the topic of the guys over at a.m. Fog, I want to share a reader comment with you about Ken and Yvonne:
Ken and Yvonne are even better that you have promised in your comments.
Yesterday, Ken delivered my Spring Gardening supplies (in the form of Great
Looking Soil, Pine mulch & wood chips) and he did it on time and at a very
reasonable delivery charge. He and an associate off-loaded the materials and I
am â€œalmostâ€ ready for spring. Thanks for your continuing comments about those
two people and their facility â€” they are super!
Chuck & Jane Strauss, Faber
We agree Chuck and Jane, they are great guys over there!
Wow! What a change Sunday was from Saturday! We were roughly 25-30 degrees cooler for afternoon highs yesterday vs Saturday where many locations made it into very pleasant lower 80’s. And last night we really cooled down. Some areas mainly above 2000 feet saw some very light and isolated snow showers overnight and into the morning as colder air worked in.
Speaking of altitude, I noticed Sunday that most of the trees are budding from roughly 1800-2000 feet and below, but only the earliest of the varieties are budding at the higher elevations. Those of us that have seen it in years past can notice the green slowly making its was up the mountains…then reverse in the fall.
Faithful NCL web and magazine reader Henri Weems sent the weather photo above. This time of year all kinds of beautiful plants are starting to bloom.
Henri tells us:
This is one of the earliest-blooming wildflowers, spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), which is native to moist woodlands, sunny stream banks, and thickets in eastern North America. Spring beauty usually grows about six inches tall and has half-inch flowers that open up on warm sunny days and close during cloudy weather or at night.
In early spring the star-shaped, pink-tinged white flowers appear and last for about a month.
Not even going to try to pronounce that one, but what a beauty Henri!
Monday will be a cool day as we struggle to get the clouds out of here. I can’t rule out a stray snow or rain shower across the area, but that is the exception, not the rule. Partly sunny skies should win out for part of the day.
By Tuesday and beyond improvement starts rapidly. We quickly warm back up to around 70Â° by Wednesday and warming even more as the week progresses.
Regional Current Surface Map via wunderground
Looking 12-24 Hours Ahead
Your Nelson County Life custom area forecast including: Rodes Farm, Lake Nelson, Hickory Creek, and Montebello
Monday: Mostly cloudy early with very isolated light snow or rain showers especially near the BRP, then partly sunny.
* Highs Valley: 52-55Â°
*On the mountains: 37-40Â°
*Winds: N 10-15 MPH
*OVERNIGHT: Mostly cloudy early then partly cloudy. Lows valley: 33-36Â° : Mountains: 29-32Â° : Winds: N 5-10 MPH
Tuesday: Mostly sunny & warmer.
* Highs Valley: 58-61Â°
*On the mountains: 49-52Â°
*Winds: N 10-15 MPH
*OVERNIGHT: Mostly clear and cold. Lows valley: 31-34Â° : Mountains: 30-33Â° : Winds: NW 5-10 MPH.
The extended outlook has warmer temps and sunny skies on Wednesday with afternoon highs near 70Â° in the valley and lower 60’s mountains. Even better Thursday with highs in the upper 70’s valley and around 70Â° mountains. Friday looks warm and dry with highs in the mid 70’s as well.
Have a great Monday everyone!
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