Wow! This month we've seen 50 plus degree days! Makes me wonder what the bug situation will be come this spring. Like a lot of you growers, I've already gotten more than 20 seed catalogs and my seeds are arriving daily. I'm excited about the upcoming year in spite of the weird weather!
I know there are so many hungry people around and I'm committed to supplying as much food to our local food banks as we can. Last year we donated over 2000 pounds of fresh produce and eggs(thanks to our neighbors, the Arbuckles) and plan on continuing this as part of our mission.
I've started a little co-op of growers to meet the demand we had last year and literally spread our risk around the area by not planting everything in one location. We've all committed to growing naturally and donating 20 percent of what we grow.
It looks like we'll have 3 farm stands in the area (LaPlata and Kirksville), as well as the two farmer's markets we've been at in the past. I started hauling fresh produce to a large produce stand in St. Louis last year and hope to do the same. Why would we do this you ask? Well, retaining local, commercial customers has been a challenge. The competition has been stiff with local growers all competing for a limited amount of outlets.
We'll see what happens this year!