It's Cold Out Here!

This season continues it's roller coaster of disorientation leaving us to simply hold on for the ride. First the non-winter, winter. followed by an unseasonably warm March. Then, we had some deep freeze nights (17F) in early April which did some damage to the fruiting perennials (blueberries, strawberries, etc) already sped up by the warm spring. Then a dry dry spell which got most farmers thinking about irrigating before April 15. Then the rains came but the temps have stayed low and then lower for a while now. At this point, we don't know if we are early or late. If we should wear shorts or longs. If we should get the harvest barrels cleaned out or put the long johns back in heavy rotation.

And finally, I look up and realize, like it's revealed truth..... "hey, it's cold out here!". There we are planting onions on Monday with a 40mph wind whipping us on the back, thinking it would be good to go inside and drink hot chocolate to get the fingers moving again. The wind is blowing the row covers off of the early tomatoes and summer squash who are looking back at us in chilly resignation. And, well, the direct-seeded lettuce in the field is about 1/4" tall. "Hey, It's cold out here!"  Ya think!?

Of course, as soon as I finally get my head wrapped around that idea, it starts to get warm. After 3 nights of (actual or near) frost, the temps start hitting the 70s during the day and only the 50s at night. And then the forecast is for 80s during the day by mid-week!  After all that, at least one thing is abundantly clear - in general, we are quite a bit behind now in terms of plant growth, and it's hard to tell if we will catch up quickly or not. So, the moral of the story is, we might need to push back our start date by one week. Since time appears linear, we will assume that next week (on Saturday) we will have a much clearer picture of how our plants will look moving towards June. So look for an email next Saturday (May 28) which will officially declare the start date for the season. And in the meantime, we will continue planting, and cultivating, and even washing the harvest barrels out so that we will be ready no matter what. Eventually we WILL have food from this earth. For now, we are just trying to enjoy the ride.

Looking forward to a great season ahead (whenever it starts!!)

Your Farmer,

Dan (for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, John, Rebecca, and Sunny)