Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Missed the Strawberries

Our family visited the Gulf Coast in L.A. (lower Alabama) last week. We were hoping to get some fresh local strawberries while we were there at BJ Farm. They told us that strawberries are 45 days late this year at their farm because of the cold temperatures experienced in that area the winter of 2014.

Where we live, 45 days late would be catastrophic. "45 days late" in lower Alabama is the difference between March and May. Here, "45 days late" really can't happen.

Thinking about that, really makes me grateful for the natural rhythm of things we often enjoy. Those abnormalities in the weather and the seasons keep us in check and keep us grateful for when things go well.

I just checked the UP Food Exchange website to see if any local food is available to purchase for our restaurants yet.  Potatoes, eggs and hay are available, as well as ground beef we purchase from Bahrman Farm and maple syrup from Paul Whitmarsh.  There's always something that can be purchased locally here. We're fortunate to live here, even if the growing season is short.

I can't wait for Upper Michigan strawberries. Here's hoping they're not "45 days late".