Out on a Limb….here we go again!
Going into the 10th year of business you’d think we’d have all the bugs worked out….be a little more settled into the routine of waking a business (and ourselves) from the slumber of winter’s hibernation….maybe even feel a twinge of optimism that this will be the year things run smoothly at LaMora Farms. You could think all that, but you’d be wrong. And we’re starting to realize that’s probably just the nature of the business we’re in…it’s starting to sink in that the risk and uncertainty the spring thaw brings is not unique to us nor to this particular season but is embedded in the very nature of farming. We’ve considered – and postponed- starting a blog for several years now, thinking it would be wise to wait until we had more business (and life) experience under our belt. We also thought it would be better to have something more to show for the progress we’ve fought so hard to gain. But along with the realization that this farming thing isn’t suddenly going to get any easier, we’ve decided maybe the story is more about the journey than the destination. And maybe in sharing the trials, tribulations, successes and stories of our every day struggles, our customers will enjoy the candid view into our unconventional path to stake out our niche somewhere within one of the world’s oldest professions. So come grow with us, as we head into another season, Out on a Limb…
‘Outstanding in our Field’
No, this doesn’t mean we think we’re great at what we do (yet). This is a thread you’ll see throughout our upcoming blogs which is an update of what you’d see if you were quite literally out ‘standing’ in our fields. One of the most important reasons we’re starting a blog is to keep our customers informed about what the heck’s going on out there! Over 200 years ago, 90% of the US population lived on farms and produced their own food to eat. But today, 2% of the population produces food. With regard to producing food, a lot has changed. And mainstream America is farther than ever from it. Even in our agricultural community we’re surprised how much is unknown about the generalities of growing food (I don’t mean to call out the guy who asked us why we didn’t sell lemons, buuut…) We think it’s more important than ever for consumers to stay educated on how the food they buy in grocery stores, farmer’s markets and (hopefully) our Garden Gazebo goes from the field to their tables. So in addition to sharing updates on what fruits and veggies are coming into production (pssst, fresh asparagus coming soon, rhubarb and strawberries on deck!) we’ll also include some discussion and links on important topics surrounding food production in the 21st century.
Because hey, there’s more to us than just farming. And just because this is a blog about farming doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty valuable ‘kernels’ of wisdom which transcend our little bubble of dirt and are worth sharing, no matter what walk of life you come from. As we head into this pretty normal so-far-so-good spring, we’re reminded of a common Malayan proverb our dad/crop consultant/mentor has always said, “Just because the waters are calm doesn’t mean there aren’t any crocodiles.” While as teenagers this was the kind of quote that made us roll our eyes, it’s certainly proved it’s merit in the last decade as Mother Nature has kicked our fledgling a#$es repeatedly over the course of the last 9 seasons. There was the year we took the huge plunge from renting to purchasing our first 67 acres – only to be hit by a whopping 13 consecutive hail storms….ouch. Followed a couple years later by a series of devastating frosts which wiped out (or disfigured) the vast majority of our crop…yowzer. And then last year- when our typically wet, Wayne County growing conditions became a record-breaking tropical desert and left our scorched, sun-burnt and starving crop under-sized and even more under-priced by commercial buyers….didn’t see that one comin’. So, as aforementioned the good news is we’re off to a great start this season….and while we have every reason to hope it’s a good one, the bad news is, we have a loooong way to go before we can sleep easy again….so stay tuned, buckle up and expect the unexpected!
After all, this is ultimately why we do what we do! At the end of every blog post you’ll be rewarded with a little food therapy…because we grow it, but you deserve it. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite recipes using in-season fruits and veggies you can find right at our Garden Gazebo. And while some of these tried and true meals, sides and desserts will be old favorites (as if apple pie is ever going out of style) other times we’ll be highlighting new uses for old goodies or exciting twists on less popular veggies (wait, Kale can be eaten in more than just smoothies??!) Since we’re still a little early out to feature anything ready on the stand at the moment, we’ll start by sharing one of our family favorites… Mama LaMora’s Famous Apple Brownies . These crowd pleasers are sinfully good and easy to make, which makes up for the fact that they are not good for you at all. But hey, life is about balance so give them a try – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. And please, feel free to share your family favorites with us! We’re always looking for new recipes to feed our growing family…and you might just find your granny’s special dish featured here or on our website!