“Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.”–Mark Twain
Throughout the CSA season, the Geyers try to include as much diversity in their CSA Share Items 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.
Forecasts, seasonal norms and careful planning certainly help, but that isn’t the same as “controlling” weather, by a long shot. While expertise and resources are a big help, farmers know that nature is the 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.
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, and what they are able to harvest may be available as a CSA Share Item.
Here’s a list of some CSA Share Items from previous seasons, roughly in order of when these items might appear in your share:
- 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 CSA 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 tender, juicy sugar snap peas 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 that while we reserve the right to be a little arbitrary, we believe you’ll be happy with the choices we make each week on your behalf.