The spring weather has been a challenge especially since this year we had all of our trees, perennials, and annuals to plant. Further, the moon didn't cooperate either! Frost free didn't occur until after the full moon on Sunday night making May 27th the first real day we could plant out our tender plants. Further, it has rained for three days straight.
When you have fresh veggies and fruit from your local farmer on your plate, make sure you take a moment to appreciate the trials and tribulations that s/he had to go through to put it there. Farming is not an easy vocation. Farmers at the mercy of weather at all times and sometimes, there just isn't enough energy left at the end of a hard day to guarantee the safety of the crops.
We have alot of plants waiting to go into the ground and our World Crops Project is one such planting. If we can demonstrate that the two types of eggplant and the okra can survive our Bruce County environment and produce prolifically, it will open the door to an $83M domestic (Canadian) market demand. According to our partner on this project, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, just under 50% of the demand is from Ontario and 36% is from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). What that also means is that 64% of the demand is from areas OUTSIDE of the GTA...a marketplace farmers here may be well suited to supply.
Here is the diamond in the rough! The beds aren't quite ready but will be in the coming few days. Planting of the Okra and Eggplant will take place next week.