|Red bud blooming March 24, 2012|
It was a very strange, if not somewhat bizarre year for the crops, with the early Spring and hot, dry Summer causing many plants to mature up to a month early. Strawberries were ripening on May 1 instead on Jule 1. Garlic was ready by June 5, a month ahead as well. And most of the potatoes quite literally cooked (and rotted) in the ground as the soil temperatures topped 90 degrees.
There were some major successes though. In the Spring the sugar snap peas were dripping off the vines with a new record of 550+ lbs. As mentioned, the tomatoes thrived...9,397 pounds of virtually blemish-free beauties thanks to the dry weather. The sweet potatoes were the most beautiful specimens we had ever grown. We also had good success with carrots, the Fall crops and many other vegetables.
|Ryan picking peas (photo by Bill McKelvey)|
|tons of tomatoes|
|A good sweet potato plant|
|Sweet pea very full for the CSA delivery to the Bad Seed|
|Ryan and Dani tending to the tomatoes in June|
|Ryan, Mark, Dani and Rebecca planting cabbages in July|
|Pasture-fed and free-range beef ala Parker Farms|
|Volunteers helping put up the main structure March 10th|
|Finished high tunnel on November 11th|
Our last days of the season were out of the norm that year too. On October 20 the Outstanding in the Field crew and Justus Drugstore again set up at the farm for another fantastic dinner. It was a tough day though, as it was announced by OITF founder Jim Denavan that we were hosting the coldest event they ever held. Crazy for that to happen after the Summer heat wave.
We entered the Winter of 2012 already planning for an expansion of the CSA to 150 members in 2013. But first we are able to take a train ride to the Southwest and relax in New Mexico hot springs for a week. Such a break is always good.
|The oft-photographed St. Francis Chuch near Taos, New Mexico|
Next up...the 2013 season.