“Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.”–Mark Twain
Throughout the growing season, the Geyers try to include as much diversity in their Farm Shares as possible, but it’s important to note that not all fruits are available every year. Each season brings its own special mix of blessings and challenges, and the crops respond accordingly.
While expertise and forecasts are a big help, all farmers know that nature is the big boss. Fruit ripens for harvest on its own good schedule, or not at all.
For instance, in April 2016, area temperatures dropped deep into the 20s, on the heels of unusually mild temperatures through most of late winter. This resulted in a severe regional shortage of stone fruit, such as peaches, plums, cherries and apricots. More recently, in early 2017 record-warm temperatures in January and February lured everything green out of winter dormancy, causing severe damage to our blackberries when repeated rounds of deep cold came in March and April. The 2018 season brought unusually wet conditions, while 2019 was much more balanced. What will 2020 bring?
Like all good farmers, the Geyers hedge against adversity by planting multiple varieties of their Specialty Crops–each of which has special strengths–and they connect with as many smart, talented partner farmers across the region as possible. They are making the same kinds of preparations in their fields.
Here’s a list of some share items from previous seasons, roughly in order of when these items might appear in the weekly share boxes:
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Red Raspberries
- Fresh-pressed Apple Cider
“Since When Is Asparagus a FRUIT?”
OK, you got us there….but at the start of the growing season, strawberries are the only fruit available. So, we try to liven up the shares with some delicious early spring veggies such as crisp, sweet asparagus spears and maybe some tender, juicy sugar snap peas, often grown by our friends at Snead’s Asparagus Farm. And rhubarb, though typically used in desserts, is actually a veggie, too. The bottom line is, we want you to be happy with what’s in your weekly Farm Share.