It has been more than a month since our last newsletter. I have to admit that is because it is hard for me to write when I don’t really feel optimistic. But, here I am writing so I must be feeling optimistic again. My dad always said that you won’t find fruit growers in Las Vegas, because growing fruit is enough of a gamble. Well, we started the season with the loss of the peach, apricot and plum crops as well as a lot of damage to the cherries and apples. We were definitely “down on our luck”. So what did we do as fruit growers? (aka Gamblers)?? We planted 5000 tomato plants with the plan that it would bring us a ‘big win’ to make up for the loss of the other crops.
We planned ALL the varieties and ordered the seeds. Doug removed an old peach orchard and plowed and roto-tilled the soil and then put down plastic mulch with trickle irrigation lines under the plastic. Marissa planted all the seeds into flats at the Saunderskill Farm greenhouses. Marnie, Caroline and I sat on the transplanter and planted them all. Linford, Garfield and Mr. Brown put stakes at each plant, set up trellises and carefully tied each plant to the stakes. Steve came to help get the irrigation set up and running and then we waited… (I think this all sounds like a little more than the roll of the dice, but that is what I was going for). The plants started to grow…. Talk about anticipation!
The 2016 growing season for me was looking at that beautiful tomato planting and feeling such hope but trying to find the faith that they would produce a crop. For the end of this story, you will have to come to our farmstand and see for yourself. At this moment (Mother Nature is still in charge), we feel as though we have won the ‘big one’ and we are so happy to be able to share it all with you.
In honor of our tomato crop, we would like to invite you all to a special evening event at our farm market!
Join us for our first ever
Tomatoes at Twilight
Wednesday, August 24th
6pm - 8pm
Montgomery Place Orchards Farm Market
Come and taste ALL the tomatoes, eat salsa, and learn about all of our varieties!
We will be breaking down our regular market displays a little early that day, around 5pm, and will reopen our market at 6pm for a total tomato takeover!
We very much hope you can all come...
As I mentioned earlier, this has been a very tough season for us. However, we do want everyone to know that despite this being the most challenging growing season we have ever had, it is so good to feel safe.
We carry on a very long tradition of working this land even though we do not own it. For the past 20 years, we farmed this land on a ‘year-to-year’ agreement with the landowners Historic Hudson Valley. It is REALLY hard to farm land when you are not sure you will be there the next season – do you invest in planting trees that will not bear fruit for 3-4 years, do you invest in irrigation?? The uncertainty was so hard – I think a farmers two most used words are ‘next year’. Farming is just planning for the future and to not have that ability….
We want to thank all of you because you made us want to keep trying.
And now we want to thank Bard College for letting us continue to take care of this farm. As many of you already know, Bard now owns the historic site and the land where our farm is located- this makes them our new landlords. We have signed a 5 year lease. What a feeling to be able to dream and plan – to finally feel like real farmers and use the words “next year’ without any doubt. To feel safe even after a season as challenging as this has been. So my optimism is back – and we all look forward to feeding you tomatoes until you cannot stand to see another one.
Hope to see you all soon,
Doug and Talea
Our market is open
Tuesday - Sunday
9am - 6pm
We are closed on Mondays
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