Cool weather impacting local food | Home & Garden
Is it really mid-April? Looking out the kitchen window at my garden it's hard to believe May Day arrives next week. Peas and beans, usually a foot tall already, are barely breaking through the soil. My precious tomatoes from last year's seed are refusing to grow, and my pepper plants are anything but thriving. This late winter weather is really taking a toll on my summer garden plantings and gardens all over east Texas.
Mr. Billy Raibon, the reluctantly appointed President of the Landowners Assocation of Texas after our sweet Miss Fay Radford's passing last month, said his crops are about a month behind schedule. And that means incomes will be about a month behind schedule. Evidenced at tonight's Landowners' Mixer, the cold weather is definitely having an impact on our local food economy and has some of our farmers concerned. Crops that are normally about ready for harvest are no where close and our farmers markets open in less than two weeks.
My friend, Cathy Grote of Grote's Berries, sent me the above picture of the blossoms on her blueberry bushes soon after the freeze we had a few weeks ago. It killed almost all of the blossoms. No blossoms means no fruit. Yikes!
There is a bright side to my story. Many of our farmers are in full "greens" production and the onions are looking fabulous. Both love the cool weather. Just last Thursday my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share was full of two kinds of kale, mixed lettuces & arugula, spring onions, pak choy, bok choy, herbs, ruby red beets, carrots and radishes. Maybe I'll get to have these lovelies around a little longer while I wait for my tomatoes and squash to make their debut.
Enjoy the weather and thank a farmer for keeping us well fed, even when it's cold outside.
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