Once more a bit late with the posting and this the last one for 2015. Oh where did the year go? Well in fact, with all that has happened over the past year, (it seems so long ago now that it was cold late December of 2014), the year was well spent. We had more CSA members than we have had before. I have had to try and sometimes succeed at remembering more names than I have ever had to before. I have met and gotten to know more interesting and likeable people in addition to those others that I’ve come to know over years previous.
We felt that this was one of our most successful years growing vegetables. We were able to offer a good variety each week and able to mostly, but not always, have a good amount of every vegetable on the table. There were some regrettable and spectacular failures. The sweet corn was one. The peas were not the best. Only one planting of beans and half that did not germinate because of the cool spring weather. The Broccoli mostly did not put on any large main heads, likely, we think, because of the near microscopic sized pest, the Swede midge which munches on the growing tip of the plant. We did get lots of nice side shoots though few of those reached the sizes that we would normally expect. Then there was the near total loss of the main potato crop, though the early dug spuds were quite nice.
But the things that did well more than made up for the things that we struggled with. Those early spuds, the small sweet corn, and more. We had many positive comments from many of the CSA members throughout the season that were quite reassuring and inspiring as well. We always worry quite a bit that we have not done enough.
This week was a lot of time off with Christmas. Today we harnessed the horses for the first time in more than two months, hitched them to the wagon and trotted them off down the road to our neighbour more than a mile away who has some hay for us. Turned out that since we did not get there in the morning as we said we would, being delayed getting everything together and having to deal with reluctant then really antsy horses, our neighbour left before we arrived and we came back empty. Never to mind though as it was a good exercise and probably best, since the horses were not at their best, that we did not have the wagon loaded down with 3 or even 4 of the large 4 X 5 round hay bales. What are they each, 800 pounds, maybe more? A very heavy load requiring horses to be doing exactly as we ask!
The photos this week are all from the past year. Reminder shots of the season gone by and of the new one yet to come.
A very happy New Year to all from all of us at Devon Acres Farm.