As I sit here writing this report we are currently having a blizzard and are supposed to get 10-12 inches of snow.  By the time you read this it will probably be back into the 50’s or 60’s.  The snow is great; at least we are getting some moisture and it will help protect things from the single digit temperatures expected tonight.                            

I love snow days.  It gives me a chance to catch up on projects I just haven’t had the time to do otherwise.  There is something peaceful about snow days too.  The phone is quiet and I can think and begin to plan and set goals for next season.  Do you set goals for your business for the coming year?  So, what new goals do you have for 2007?  Expand your business?  Downsize your business? Become more efficient?  It seems like I always have a lot of goals for myself and my business every year.  To me, that’s the fun part of it all.  Thinking about what to do to improve my crops, increase my profits, make my customers happier, it all works together.  I think about all the mistakes I made the previous year and what I learned from them.  I also think about all the good things that occurred and how to keep that trend going.                        

Snow days are also good days for cleaning.  Throw out those old catalogs and make room for the new ones.  Get re-organized so I can find the important things again.  I also think about how grateful I am for all the good things and good people in my life.                                  

Speaking of goals, I also have a goal that involves the ASCFG.  I’d like to see the ASCFG receive one million dollars in grant money.  It may take more than a year to accomplish this, but it can happen.  And with everyone’s help, it certainly will happen.  What do you want to know more about?  We need a list of ideas and projects that benefit the industry, so when grants become available, we’ll have projects to match those grants.  I think everyone has great ideas; we all get so busy that we rarely have time to ask what those ideas are.  Well, I am asking you now.  Everyone that belongs to this association is creative and I’m sure has in the back of their mind an idea for a great project for the ASCFG to explore.  So please, send me your ideas so we can start a file and build on it.  Don’t make me call every one of you to get your ideas, you know I will.                                 

One final note.  Although this past summer was very rough on flowers with the heat and no rain we had one thing that just loved it and went crazy:  jalapeno peppers.  Those things grew to 4 feet tall and at the first frost, we just cut the plants off at the ground and brought them in to pick off the peppers.  We ended up with 100 gallons of peppers.  Well, I make jalapeno jelly and jalapeno mustard out of them (in my spare time).  Guess how many peppers I have in the freezer ready to make jelly and mustard?  Guess what I will be doing this weekend?    

I hope everyone gets some rest this winter and gets recharged for another exciting season. Me… I’ll probably still be making jelly.