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January 03, 2013


Farmer Carrie

In response to Shana,
Yes, I'd say our history of corn failures is pretty exciting. This year it featured several skunks! What's not exciting about a skunk in a have-a-heart trap?
This year was not an all-out failure. We offered corn in the share for two weeks (last week of July and first week of August), which is pretty good for us. Perhaps you were away, or chose something else? The weather was so dry while it was growing that I had given up hope on seeing any harvest. The corn plants only grew about 3 feet tall ("The corn is as high as an elephant's knee..."). If you imagine yourself in the heat of summer looking at so many weedy fields and tomatoes that need twining, hoeing a doomed, drought-stricken corn field doesn't make it to the top of the to-do list. Then lo-and-behold, the plants made ears with actual kernels. We scurried around with an electric fence and a few traps to save the corn from deer and raccoons, and that's when we trapped the skunks.
Had I known the corn would pull through, I would have done the hoeing and sprayed for caterpillars, which would have given us more corn. So I was glad to get what little we did.

Kristin McCabe

"The fennel was tough and chewy. I think it would have been more tender if we had harvested it sooner, but the bulbs would have been pretty small. We'll adjust our planting and harvest times to get a better result. At worst, we can offer a steady supply of fennel leaves, much as we do with celery. The feathery greens can be a nice garnish for salad, if you like the taste of licorice. It's not perfect, but we'll take what we can get."
I have found the fennel ferns are a lovely and nicely scented addition to a bouquet of flowers. They are quite lovely to look at, fill out a bouquet, and I have often used them this way. I grew fennel in our herb garden for a long time until our local deer discovered they liked the flavor of our fennel. Funny, as they usually leave our herbs alone. They prefer green tomatos and once ate an entire rose bush in our yard, thorns and all.


Thanks for sharing! What happened to the corn? This was my first year so I'm not sure if there's an exciting history of corn failures.


Thank you for sharing these results and your thoughtful responses. This was our first year being a part of the CSA, and we had such a great experience.


I really appreciate you sharing the survey responses and your thoughts on them. As a new shareholder (but long-time fan), I wasn't quite sure what to expect so it's nice to read others' thoughts. I find the farm to be a great value, abundant potatoes and weird strawberries aside.


Re: garlic, it should be noted that shareholders did have a gleaning opportunity for garlic. I came at the end of the day and still took home well over 10 lbs of mostly full, undamaged heads of garlic -- 1-2 very full shopping bags full! I thought Clagett did a great job of giving shareholders an opportunity to get as much garlic as they wanted before selling off the surplus, and that seems to be reflected in the survey responses and share experience described above.

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