Happy 2012! It’s a new year and that means it’s time to assess everything and adjust accordingly. How to assess 2011…
Well…it was a tough year. The weather seldom cooperates, but 2011 was especially ugly. It started out wet, dried out for a few weeks and then stayed wet into 2012. The pests and weeds loved 2011. Me…not so much. That’s where I stop complaining because there are folks that were wiped out with the likes of Irene and Lee. I can’t compare my problems to theirs in any reasonable way.
There were other things that happened that I never bothered to chronicle here. The Allis-Chalmers D17 died on it’s last scheduled trip out to the field in late October. We were finally able to get it towed back in on January 6th. In the process I got minor frostbite on two of my toes, but that’s a different story…
I spent some more time and I learned a LOT about how the cylinders fire in an internal combustion engine, as well as how carburetion works. I won’t say I understand it fully, but after a lot of struggling I did get the tractor started. I need to spend some more time fiddling to get it running well, but I think I understand what I need to do. Time will bear that out.
So what’s on tap for 2012. It’s looking like we’re going to be doing less actual farming and more getting the farm in working order.
- We are NOT doing the Ballston Spa Farmer’s Market this year. Our garden is going to be a great deal smaller and really just for us. If it looks like we’ll have excess, we’ll have to find takers/sell in front of the farm stand.
- Our garlic is in the ground, so we will be doing a festival as long as these poor fall/winter conditions haven’t done us in.
- We’ll probably do pumpkins because we like doing pumpkins.
- Ditto with butternut squash.
- Assuming we can get picking help, we will be selling our blueberries from the front of the stand/by pre-order. More details on that as we figure it out.
Here’s my laundry list of goals for cleanup/sprucing
- Clean out farm stand.
- Clean out garage.
- Fix barn foundation.
- Paint garage.
Will all of this happen? Probably not. I have goals for my own house as well and those have to happen.