December greetings from Abundant Acre Family Farm!
We are thick into December and can almost count the number of crates of winter squash that are left on two hands. This year’s farming season is coming to a close.
It’s been a busy season, that’s for sure. Most of our crops did well this year and we had a great crop of tomatoes and peppers that extended into mid-November. Our summer potatoes, on the other hand, struggled with blight and our green pole beans had a short but enjoyed season after having the blossoms blown off in a strong afternoon wind. The soil we are on here in Greendale is very forgiving – it is rich and well-drained.
The fall potato crop was more successful than the summer potatoes and our winter squash also produced very well again. We also enjoyed a crop of large-size carrots this fall and winter. We didn’t get to irrigating a particular crop of summer carrots which rendered them difficult to pull out from the hard, dry earth. Come late fall, we harvested them and they had developed a wonderfully sweet flavor – a bit of wire worm damage but lots of good carrot to enjoy still. The record dryness this summer and early fall kept Andy busy moving sprinklers and enabled a small crop of melons to ripen and be available to our CSA customers.
Our family appreciated the favourable weather too, as we were commuting from Sardis to our farm in Greendale all summer. We packed and ate a great number of picnics.
We were involved in two farmer’s markets this year (Abbotsford Farm & Country Market and the Chilliwack Eco Market), and provided two restaurants and about 60 families with seasonal vegetables through our Summer and Autumn CSA Garden Box program.
At the end of September our family moved to the farm and we are finding it very convenient and peaceful.
Thank you to those who helped out with our farming efforts this year. We truly appreciate and are grateful for our new field lease situation, encouragement from family and friends, and enthusiasm and interest from customers who have bought our vegetables this season.
We wish you a restful and meaningful Christmas and a safe and healthy winter ahead.
~Andy & Cara Abrahams & children