Another one just like last year’s, which is not good news.  For the second year running we are calling off the pea pick; due to………you guessed it; a lack of peas.  This is not my favorite article to write, but it is a learning opportunity if you are interested.  The first pea pick happened 15 years ago as a result of what now seems to be a rare, extraordinary pea harvest.  We just had so many peas, we decided to invite members out to pick peas, and it was a great time.  More times than not since, we have struggled to get a good pea harvest in our valley.  The culprit being poor germination; the peas like to rot in the ground.  Our ground is rich, moist and cool which is great for lots of reasons but not the best for early spring pea germination.  No germination, no plants, no peas.  This year I was super confident we were going to have great germination because they were planted in that record warm weather of March.  It seemed like the perfect conditions, but alas, the peas felt otherwise, and did not grow.  So knowing the pea pick was on the line, we took the extra measure of planting by hand thousands of pea seeds in the greenhouse and transplanting them into the field.  Plus we planted more directly in the ground hoping for the best.  The problem with this strategy was we were counting on mild temperatures in early June; peas do not like it hot.  Well, hot is what we got, the peas are a bit on the unhappy side, to put it mildly.  So if we brought you all out to pick unhappy peas, you would be on the unhappy side, we’ve saved you the bother by calling off the pea pick.  We are harvesting the small amount of peas that we have and hopefully (and I mean hopefully) there will be enough to give everyone a small taste.  Unlike our other farm events (Corn Boil, Pesto Fest and Pumpkin Pick), the pea pick has been a struggle for us.  We may reconsider this event for future years; possibly going back to the original concept of a surprise announcement in the rare, extraordinary pea year.  See you at the Corn Boil, the sweet corn is looking great, it loves hot weather.

Rows of sparse peas

David