Hello fellow farm friends!
It’s been forever since we’ve had a post….but since it is halfway thru April and we are counting down the days until the first CSA share dispersal….I figured it was time.
How are you feeling?
This spring weather has been a rollercoaster ride, for sure. The song that keeps coming to my mind lately is an oldie but a good from the 1990’s….
“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna get me down.” Tubthumping by Chumbawamba ( you’re welcome for the repetitive chorus that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day )
For those of you familiar with our family, you know that spring is an extremely busy season for us. Jordan, “the Farmer,” runs a greenhouse business along with his brother where they grow perennials and annuals for stores across the United States. Generally speaking, southern states are warmer before northern states, therefore shipping is able to start “early” to start supplying those warmer places. This year, however, we aren’t the only ones suffering from a cold, delayed spring. Is this a fun issue? Nope. Not fun at all. Product being shipped means more room to plant to fulfill later orders in the season, which in turn means a successful greenhouse season. Does this mean that all hope is lost for the spring? Definitely not.
THE WAY WE SEE IT: This is going to be a short, intense shipping season. Product will move with a little more TLC and cleaning , and it will all need to go….FAST. We see this as a challenge and a time for growth. As a business, as a marriage, as a team. As our kids say “Teamwork makes the Dreamwork.”
For MY business, “The Farmer’s Wife” this weird weather introduces a different set of setbacks. Crops that were supposed to be in the ground have been postponed and the heater in the greenhouse has been running longer to help our sun deficient plants along.
THE WAY WE SEE IT: We’ve been blessed with a place to grow our seedlings at home. Even with longer hours for Jordan, I’mstill able to accomplish all of our preparations at home, with the kids, and actually find therapeutic joy in doing it. With a few years under our belts, we’ve recognized what spring looks like for us. He is usually getting his equipment in the field preparing to grow zucchini and I’m chomping at the bit to get everything in our own garden ready. THIS YEAR, we prepped everything early so that when that glorious weather decides to come around….I WILL BE READY.
With that being said…. we are looking forward to hitting the ground running as soon as this weather breaks. Which, by the looks of it….next week is looking pretty amazing! I cannot wait to start seeing your faces each week and being able share the excitement of fresh, seasonal produce with you.
In the meantime….it is my hope that you’ll find some personal sunshine in the next week to boost your spirits if that’s something your in need of this time of year.
Look at the roadblocks are frustrating things in your life….HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SEE THEM? How can you turn them into something good and possibly necessary for this time in your life?
In the meantime….put on your favorite winter hat today and rock it out knowing it may be one of the last couple of times you GET to wear it this season.
Walk through the produce aisle and pick 3 vegetables you’ve been waiting to try…and make something with them!
Make a fruit salad or add fruit to your water….. Good nutrition is key to happy physical and mental health.
Looking forward to a fun season! We are thankful for YOU.
Sincerely, Janine Dekker
“The Farmers Wife”
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