Weather Effect, Winter 2014

Risks and rewards - sharing both through CSA. 

This is not a farmer's sob story.  It's a pictorial of what happens to crops in severely cold and cloudy weather.  To remind you of Farmer Pete's favorite saying: "Farming is a gamble- too many unknowns and uncontrollable factors.  Each time I plant something, I think, 'I should take the thousands of dollars it takes to grow and harvest a crop, go to Vegas, bet it all in a Craps game, have a lot of fun, loose it quickly, and go home rested!' But farmers are crazy.  They love to be dirty, out doors, and watch things grow.  Most of the time, things work out really great - way better than they do in Vegas."

These greens have survived but most likely wouldn't have suffered much damage had we had a few warm sunny days after this freeze.

When we learned about the 1st weather event in January, we chose not to protect these strawberries.  Strawberries need to go dormant, and this will certainly cause that.  We picked most of the berries off the plant before the freeze so we could reduce the risk of disease when the thaw came.

And when it warmed up a bit, it began to rain.  Then it rained some more.

Heavy repeated frost after the burn from the 1st  freeze has not killed these greens, but they simply won't grow. It takes several days to recover from frost before the plant will begin to grow again - and some seasonally warm sunny days.  BUT, as you know, we just haven't had that.

What do you mean this is NOT Iceburg Lettuce?

Salanova varieties are grown in the greenhouse as well as in the field.  You have gotten the greenhouse supply and now you're getting the field grown crops.  It's a hardy lettuce with beautiful colors and high in nutrition, BUT the supply is growing more limited each day. 

And here we go again.  Field blankets for the crops that remain - cover them and uncover them.  Sometimes, they stayed covered for several days at a time - not what should happen because any sunlight available is filtered.