Can you believe it is the last week of Distribution? The weather has been unbelievable. We are usually freezing our butts off this time of year! I have to say, this has been one crazy year. It started out so cold and wet we wondered if we could get anything planted. Then we skipped our standard spring we are used to and it got so hot the new seedlings & transplants went into shock. It took a lot of extra coaxing and water to get them growing! Just when they started to look good again, the grasshoppers started to devour them! We decided not to mow any weeds around the fields this year, coaxing the grasshoppers into these areas and trying to get them to leave our fields alone. We tried using our chickens. It worked for awhile, until they started eating the crops themselves!
First Fruits Organic Farms had the same problem. They had numerous freezes last spring hurting most of their orchards and the bugs just wouldn’t leave them alone. Clark from Clark’s Honey Farms said he had a tough summer because of the heat and grasshoppers. He lost numerous bees due to farmers spraying heavily for grasshoppers and had limited access to water.
Overall, the year turned out alright! Fruit Shares received 100 pounds of fruit despite the late start and Clark was able to fill all our orders for honey. We ended up gleaning our own fields because most of the late season crops came on the end of August/early September. We are thrilled the grasshoppers didn’t do more damage forcing us to end the season early. We didn’t have bumper crops to pick because of those horrible insects! Boy or boy, I hope they don’t return next year!
We did get two light frosts last week, but it didn’t amount to anything. I wonder when fall will arrive, or will we just go straight to winter?! We will need everyone to do their snow dance so that our reservoirs will fill with water this winter! If you are still interested in a Winter Share, please call and I will send you a form to fill out. We have a few spaces still available!
We can’t thank you enough for the cards and letters lifting our spirits during this hard time with Wanda Monroe, Jerry’s Mother. She is doing better right now and we have come to terms with her diagnosis.
Thank you for your membership. Your support is greatly appreciated! We love what we do and I hope you know your interest is first and foremost in our minds as we choose our seed each spring. We want to grow the tastiest produce this side of the Rockies! We hope you enjoyed every bite!
Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle Monroe