Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Break Is Over

From SHF 2011

We take three breaks from harvest during the year - Thanksgiving, winter and spring. The winter break conveniently coincides with Christmas and New Years, a time of year that lots of folks travel. We take a spring break to give ourselves a little breather, and because this time of year happens to be one of the most difficult to get produce out of the ground, especially without plastic tunnels. At the end of winter most storage crops have rotted or are starting to produce spring growth. This is a time of year when the first greens and roots are just starting to get going, and in a cold, wet year like this one if they're outside, they're struggling.

From SHF 2011

We do have some space under plastic, and that's where a good part of our share is going to come from for the first week or two of April. It's also where we've been hiding out, seeding flats of vegetable starts, and hoping it'll dry out outside in time for us to shove them in the ground.

From SHF 2011

I spent my spring break this year visiting friends and farms in Southern Oregon and Northern California, putting almost 2000 miles on a rental car. Everyone I talked to, from California's Central Valley, all the way up Portland (and even friends in BC) were super excited about the little bit of sun we got last week. I sure hope some of that sun and warmth comes back soon, for all of our sakes.

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