How are your markets and how are things growing?
Well, it has been kinda quiet around here and I know I haven't been checking in very often either.
What a strange year it has been. First a very late freeze/frost into the Mid to late May. Then straight to summer 95-100 for almost 2 weeks, then monsoon season, we had over 10 inches in about 21 days. Then cooler weather. Now we are getting really dry. Who knows what is in store for the rest of they year.
I got my tomatoes in the high tunnels planted about a 3 weeks late. I knew it was going to come back and bite me in the but. My customers are beating down the doors wanting tomatoes and I don't have them, yet. We started picking a few baskets of Cherry tomatoes and a I think the big ones are getting closer, but who know how long. Our first and second carrot plantings weren't close enough together so I have been out of carrots for 3 weeks and the next planting is probably another week away. Cucumbers and zucchinis are just starting and producing well, still later than I usually am. I also am selling lettuce heads and they are growing nicely. I almost didn't have my plantings close enough together. I sold some pretty small heads for one week, but I did still have lettuce. Onions were looking great, now are starting to struggle with the dryness. Garlic was good, but with the rains, I couldn't keep up with the rain and the weeds got our of control. I am going to try to dig everything tomorrow (before the rain,) I hope!
I have added a new market on Thursdays. I am now selling Wednesday, Thursday and two markets on Saturday morning. The Thursday one is brand new at a hospital and the PR department is really promoting it. Their goal is to promote healthy eating. Every week sales have been as good or better than the week before. Even with 4 markets, I am not selling out. I am trying to decide if I am picking too much, growing too much or if the economy is still hurting.
How are things for you?