It happens every year. Just as we’re really starting to get busy putting together seed orders we have two big tasks looming in the periphery… plants and potatoes.
People have been ordering potatoes since the end of December, and in some regions of the country potatoes can already be planted. This fact usually leaves us scrambling when it finally becomes warm enough for the potatoes to be shipped to us, and it always comes out of the blue. Our annual plant sale is the same. Nobody thinks of planting their tomatoes until the weather gets nice for a few days in a row. Then everybody wants their plants at the same time.
We’ve been busy in the high tunnel getting our tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, as well as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and lettuce started. We’ve been cleaning up and polishing all our systems to be more efficient and productive with the idea that, in just over a month, we’ll be opening our doors to the public for this year’s plant sale. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. But I think we have a pretty good handle on it this year.
Seed potatoes are a different story altogether. As I mentioned before, we have many customers who are able to plant their seed potatoes already. The fact that our temperatures here in Northern Illinois are creeping up to just above freezing during the middle of the day has little to do with the temperatures our customers in southern latitudes are experiencing. And stories about snow and ice do little to quell their passions for spring being on their doorsteps. But we have a great customer base. They are patient and understanding.
Thank you, customers.