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The Trusty Old Almanac

Yesterday was Groundhog Day.  According to our local woodchuck meteorologists, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil and West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie, we can expect an early start to spring this year.  That forecast certainly seems to be bearing fruit as a warm… Continue Reading →

Winter Doldrums

We have finally arrived at the “pit of winter.”  That is, the six-week period centered around January 21 (one month beyond the annual winter solstice) when we typically expect the coldest weather of the year to occur.  So far this… Continue Reading →

Blanket of Snow

Welcome to another New Year.  Our celebration included the season’s first snow cover on January 7.  It snowed like there would be no tomorrow, and by the time it was spent, we measured four inches of fresh, wet snow.  It… Continue Reading →

Christmas Frost

Two years ago, Christmas Day 2017, we had the first official “white Christmas” of our retirement here at Peeper Pond Farm.  This year, with a forecast high in the mid-50’s, we weren’t optimistic about our chances for a repeat, but… Continue Reading →

Our Raw Milk Dairy Bill – Round 2

Once again, we face the end of another year and the beginning of a new session of the West Virginia Legislature.  After working closely and cooperatively with the WV Department of Agriculture’s designated Dairy Specialist (Andrew Yost) over a five-month… Continue Reading →


We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.  We enjoyed the day with our son, Michael, who was visiting from his new home in Berkeley Springs.  Since moving there at the end of June, Mike has left his former Wal-Mart job… Continue Reading →

The Denigration of Rural Americans

If you have read most of the posts I have placed on our Peeper Pond Farm website over the past three years, you have observed my determined efforts to explain the perspectives of rural farmers and how they differ from… Continue Reading →

Allegheny Gnats

Winter weather has once again invited itself to our front door.  On Monday afternoon (November 11), we were basking in 68-degree warmth.  Later that night, a strong cold front swept through our area bringing a winter blast that caused the… Continue Reading →

Apple Butter Season

We got a generous taste of early winter over the past few days.   A strong storm front moved into our area on Halloween (Thursday, October 31) carried by strong, gusty winds that descended Cave Mountain and stripped away the remaining… Continue Reading →

Autumn Glory

Over the past month, I have been working hard to get everything ready for winter.  Barb hasn’t been able to help due to her recent surgery and hospitalization, although she has recovered significantly over the past two-plus weeks.  Throughout that… Continue Reading →

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