Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rain and Local Produce

I thought I should give you all an update about how the local food is coming along, it is May after all. If you are wondering when your favorite food will be ready locally, you can check out the Fruit and Veg page.

Please keep in mind that here in the Fraser Valley, we are not able to produce fruit and vegetables all year long even in the greenhouse because of the temperatures and amount of sunlight (or day length) required. Also, all fruit and vegetable production in the field is dependent on air and soil temperature, day length, and a balance between sun and rain.

 This year, as I`m sure you have all noticed, it has been uncharacteristically cold and rainy. This means that for all field crops (corn, potatoes, beans, peas) and even berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) will be delayed a few weeks. The wetness means that farmers haven`t been able to drive into their fields to plant, and that seeds are likely to rot rather than sprout without warm soil. And the cold means that the berry bushes will be slow to set flowers which are vital if you ever expect to have any fruit.

we are lucky to have the local rhubarb which loves this kind of weather, and I have heard that some potatoes have been planted. If you`re travelling out this way, feel free to drive out to the Sumas Flats and see what is happening out in the fields there. You will be able to see for your self the status of the corn, potatoes, beans, brussel sprouts strawberries or blueberries.

So, when you enter any store hoping to make a purchase of local produce, I hope you feel a little bit more educated about its production.