As this extremely cold weather descends on our valley, we hunker down in the warmth of our offices reviewing and analyzing last season’s crops, planning for next season and pouring through seed catalogs.  David is at a Vegetable Growers Conference in Grand Rapids, MI for two days and I am here getting ready for our Storage Share delivery.  It’s going to be cold.  The vegetable growing season from the very beginning in March through December brings with it particular challenges.  Whether it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry or just right; we need to meet it head on and get our work done.  The Storage Shares are all packed up waiting in the ‘balmy’ 36 degree cooler.  We will move as fast as we can to get them loaded onto the trucks, put a heater in the truck, close the door and bring the temperature up above freezing before we head to the pick-up sites.  Quite the opposite challenge from July when we had to figure out how to manage temperatures well into the 90’s.  The other amusing challenge came on Monday when we decided to take a family photo.

Oops, let’s try again.  We can figure it out.

Oops, let’s try again. We can figure it out.

The Perkins Family:  (left to right)  Brian (Becky’s partner), Becky (daughter), Felix (grandson), Eric (son), Barb (matriarch), Paavo (grandson), David (patriarch), Jesse (son), Jonnah (daughter-in-law), Mischa (granddaughter).

The Perkins Family: (left to right) Brian (Becky’s partner), Becky (daughter), Felix (grandson), Eric (son), Barb (matriarch), Paavo (grandson), David (patriarch), Jesse (son), Jonnah (daughter-in-law), Mischa (granddaughter).

We all thank you for such a wonderful season.  It is a joy to grow food for you.  Have a great winter.  Next season will be number 20 !!!!!!!!!!!!  Wow, what a fantastic feeling.  Through the support of you, our dedicated members who commit to eating locally, our farm has grown and thrived, supporting 3 generations of the Perkins family and a handful of full time employees.

Barb