Saturday and Sunday mornings saw the coldest temperatures and wind chills of the Winter, so far, and I know there will be more coming! I have found some damage that will affect the next couple of harvests; the extent to be determined. As a chemical free grower, the super cold kills off a lot of pests and disease organisms that growers in warmer growth zones have to deal with, like my sister in Alabama. (I still have a daunting array of potential problems of my own)!
Some of our customers have commented on the flavors and sweetness of our greens, and especially Spinach. A couple of years ago two of our Springport High School workers did an extensive research project lasting several months on the effects of cold on sugar development in Spinach. The project earned them a Gold Medal in a statewide FFA competition and my point is that partnering with nature in winter produces superior tasting and nutritious products! Despite the inherent challenges of winter production the end result is worth the effort and I know a whole big group of mid Michiagn people who like to eat in January and February!
This week I am at the Family Fare parking lot in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday at 12:00 noon, and the Allen Street Farmers Market after that, 3:00-6:00. Thursday afternoon is farm pick up, and Saturday I am at the parking lot behind Flour Child Bakery in Grand Ledge, 11:00-12:00 noon. I may offer more after the crop damage assessment. Also, our cheese maker is recovered from a rib fracture and we'll catch up on the Artisan Cheese requests.