Heidi Hoff wrote:Hi Maryse,
We're in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, straight across the St. Lawrence from the Saguenay fjord. That is where our wind comes from -- a straight shot from Le Gran Nord! We are up on a ridge, with the land sloping northward to the surrounding farm fields and, a kilometer or so away, the St. Lawrence. The ridge is made of what people here call "tuf", which is actually slaty shale (not tuff or tufa at all, different class of rock entirely).
During the seigneury period, the farmers were obliged to clear the land granted to them. They took it very seriously and cleared the forests completely. Even today, there are no windbreaks between the fields. The fields are very sandy (sand left behind by the Champlain Sea when the land rebounded after the glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago). The farmers have built drainage ditches every 50 to 100 meters, which run parallel to their long narrow fields. In these ditches, red osier, black alder, serviceberry and other pioneers try to take hold and are cut back every few years by our neighbor. Our prevailing winds are W, NW and N, coming straight across the St. Lawrence and then across these naked fields.
Adrien Lapointe wrote:
La Chouape makes really good beer!
I like how this conversation wandered towards beer!