Well, it is hard to believe, but it is time to begin the 2017 season. I think all farmers have an internal clock that tells them when to start. Even now in the dead of winter I know the that the days are growing longer and soon the ground will thaw for days at a time. Things that are now quiet will begin to stir and the sap will begin to rise. Out in the workshop I have started the first of the early tomatoes. They are pushing through the soil and soaking in the light from the overhead lights.