Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Back in the groove...or at least trying

We have had many things happen since the last post in November. We have harvested about 100 pounds of lettuce since November. Unfortunately our last harvest was a bust. I picked 20 pounds of lettuce and then we had a snow/ice storm that made it impossible to get the lettuce to it's destination in Columbia.

On December 17, we hosted and ran a workshop for University of Missouri Extension. It was a high tunnel workshop that was catered by a local caterer and farmer, Les Witte. Les and Beth Witte run Brush Creek Farms and Catering about 3 miles from us. The meal consisted of all locally produced foods. There was delicious pork, scalloped potatoes, salad (our lettuce), and a berry crisp. There were over 70 people in attendance and there is a wait list of about 30 more people that would like to come to repeat of it in the upcoming months.

At the workshop Andy explained the economics and engineering of the high tunnel, while I gave a tour and demonstration with the lettuce inside the tunnel. We got coverage from our local paper, The Gasconade County Republican, thanks to our friend Dave Marner. He put some great pictures in the paper the week after Christmas.

I am now working on getting the greenhouse up and growing again after the hard hard frost we had for the last week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40's, which is promising. The Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce is looking the worst of all varietiesout there with some rotting and burnt tips. I cut it back and it will hopefully get looking a little nicer.

I will post some pictures from the workshop next.

Enjoy the warm balmy weather everyone!! As my friend Cari would say "40 never felt so good!"

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