As with anything, we definitely had some hits and misses. Overall I'd say strawberries were a hit. Even though for me it's not as fun as the Fall activities (it's a whole hell of a lot more work, and the spring isn't my favorite season since it's heating up and getting humid), I have really enjoyed seeing all our friends from last season and the fall and I have loved making new ones and meeting new families. Thank you all so much for coming out to support us! We've definitely had some interesting times, from being chased by the bees to flipping a picnic table over and pulling it across the yard on the Gator (alright so before you judge, these things are really heavy and very cumbersome to move. It was me and two other girls trying to move it. I'm pregnant and we had to move it clear across the farm. There happened to be a chain in the back of the Gator...I figured why not. My motto is there's more than one way to skin a cat) to dealing with two groups showing up out of the blue one Friday morning, we had plenty to laugh at around here. I figure if you can't have fun while you're doing it what's the point?
Below is a lovely gallery of the many uses of our Gator over this past season (John Deere, please feel free to compensate us for this free advertisement on your part). The (very short) video is of us using it to pull out row covers.
|Dragging the field, yes, he is pulling a section of a chain link fence.|
|Pulling the table|
|Pulling the hay trailer|
As for the misses...produce was an epic fail. The CSA has been great. I love doing it. I love having the members come pick up their boxes and seeing their excitement as they pull out their sheets to see what's in their box this week and what recipe I've included (on a personal note, as mentioned I have a discriminating palate so I eat pretty much nothing we grow. Trying to come up with recipes for foods I do not eat is not easy. I choose them based on three things, a) how hard are they to make, how much time will they take, b) how many ingredients does it take and how exotic are they and c) how awful do they sound to me. So far I think I've done pretty good, but I'm always open to suggestions). It's something I definitely plan on continuing next year, hopefully on a larger level (delivery sound good to anyone?). Selling produce at the stand however, not such a great idea. We had a lot of calls for more produce, but as with anything else, people wanting things does not turn into people buying things. It's discouraging to sit down at the Stand all day with only a few if any customers or to spend money advertising to see no result (this is another off-topic rant, but do you know it cost at least $20 more a week to advertise in the classifieds of the News Argus vs the News and Observer...there's just something not right about that!). So we've cut back to basically just selling the sweet corn and later butter beans and peas. Of course we'll keep providing for the CSA (don't worry!), but working so hard to be open down there every day (especially when the temps are above 95. I don't take heat well, and with Sea Monkey becoming my own personal internal heater it's just worse and not looking any better until Dec.) just doesn't seem worth it at this point.
Still, we are looking forward to the fall. Today we planned out the placement of the corn maze and pumpkin patch and punkin' chunker (I want 2 this year, and maybe, just maybe, a trebuchet) and other new additions we want to add to the farm this fall. I am really, really excited for the fall (a - it'll be cooler and b - I'll be three months closer to meeting Sea Monkey in person) and corn maze season. So mark your calenders, we'll be open September 29 for fall family fun on the farm!