COME ON SPRING!

It’s the middle of February and I’m tired.  I’m tired of the snow, ice and freezing temperatures.  But above all else, I’m tired of being stuck in the house.  While we get out and enjoy sledding, snowmobiling, building snowmen and making snow angels, when the temperatures are below zero, there is only a short window of time you can be outside without having to run back in the house for dry clothes and hot chocolate.

I know I’m not the only person ready for Old Man Winter to make his exit and spring to come rolling in… so today, I’m sitting at my desk and with the help of our Pinterest page, I’m thinking spring.  Who cares if it’s 3 degrees outside?  In my mind it’s 60 and sunny!

The best things about spring:

  1. Daylight Savings Time – Getting home from work while it’s still daylight?  It’s amazing!  You have time to grill out, exercise outside, kids can play outside longer and burn off some of that pent up energy, and best of all, you can do chores and actually SEE what you are doing!
  2. Baby animals – Nothing says spring like babies!  Farm babies are my personal favorite.
    baby goat
  3. Flowers and green fields – It’s very soothing to me to see long stretches of green grass and bright flowers, it just makes me happy.
    green grass
  4. Temperatures ABOVE freezing – Besides the obvious of not needing to bundle up when going outside, farmers really appreciate this because they don’t have to worry about their animals not having access to fresh water.
  5. Open windows – Saving money on your heating bill (who doesn’t love THAT?!), the fresh breeze blowing through your house, driving with the windows down so you can literally feel the sun on your face… I love all of these, but most of all, I love that it lets in the smells of spring… which brings me to number 6…
    open-window
  6. Spring Smells – You know the smells of spring, right?  Everything just has a hint of freshness.  My personal favorite is freshly turned soil.  Maybe it’s associated with a productive crop in my mind, or maybe I just have a nose for dirt, either way, it will always be one of my favorite scents!
    fresh turned dirt
  7. Morel Mushrooms – Even if you don’t like eating morels, the hunt is just as enjoyable… if not more so!
    morels
  8. Gardening – Gardening was always a family event in my house growing up.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t always love it.  It’s not easy work, but I did (and still do) always love the satisfaction of eating the food that we grew ourselves.  And now I look forward to planting my own every year.
    garden

Whether you are a farmer or non-farmer, what has you looking forward to spring?

Becky FinfrockBecky Finfrock
ICGA/ICMB Communications Assistant

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