We survived 2011! As many of our loyal customers already know, last year was a disaster and went down in the history books as the worst growing season ever on our farm. It was very disheartning to watch foliar diseases destroy our tomatoes while helplessly looking on. The harvest was minimal and hurt our bottom line.
This year we vow to not have a repeat of that process. New high tunnels will insure our heirlooms are kept under cover and protected from torrential rains like we had last year in the early part of July. Ten days straight we had afternoon storms that dumped close to an inch every afternoon. It was the combination of too much early heat and very wet conditions that started the disease cycle and we were never able to cure the plants as we are a certified Organic farm and have no desire to use those strong chemicals that would have cured the diseases, but destroyed our status as Organic.
Excitement abounds as we enter this new season and are in fact tailgate marketing in the South Asheville market now and until the end of March, when we will return to our regular weekly markets.
The benches are starting to fill up with springs crops like broccoli, cabbage, onions, and kales. The babies are doing really well and we will be transplanting out to the fields earlier this year than in years past. It seems this mild winter has a strong case of 'spring fever' coming early to the farmers here at Jake's Farm.
We would love to talk with you about our CSA. Deep discounts are available now. Those folks who sign up this month (Feb.) will be a huge blessing to us as we finalize our seed orders and other supplies to get 2012 off to a rousing start.
Love to you all from our family to yours, may you all have a wonderfilled spring as this new year unfolds.