Hard to believe that 2011 is about to come to a close. Time flies when you're having fun, and when you are farming. Frankly, our minds are already squarely in 2012. We have so much to consider before we plant a seed.
This year has been a challenge to be sure. I don't know whats been harder, getting our crops to market or mastering all the social networking stuff that increasingly feels necessary. We are so fortunate to be riding the wave of the localvore movement. Proof positive that bigger isn't always better. Industry after industry is being rocked by consolidation and off shoring of production. While, great for the bottom line, the trend doesn't necessarily do anything for product quality or the local quality of life. We support each other in this relationship of ours. Your support gives us what standard of living we get to enjoy and for that you receive fresh produce picked at the peak of flavor, comfortable in knowing that what you are eating was grown in a way that doesn't abuse the environment.
We had crop failures and some successful new introductions. Bad weather in late 2010 radically changes our onion strategy while sales of our infamous Laker Bakers slowed (but thankfully weren't halted) by the Lakers playoff swoon. Now that Chris Paul's in town, we'll have to get started on Clipper Chippers.
Our melons were never sweeter than what we grew this year. Peppers, sprouting broccoli, beets, and carrots. What a bounty! We had a lot to be thankful for this year, that's for sure. What we also have is high hopes and expectations for the future. With all your help, they will all be realized and we'll all eat well.