Happy summer to all of you! As I write this we have predicted temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s for the upcoming week. It was an unusually cool spring for us and I’m looking forward to some warmer temperatures to get our summer annuals going and maybe kill off some of the COVID-19 germs while we’re at it!
Almost everyone responding said that they were still planting as normal, with a few saying they were going to grow more vegetables for this summer. Overall the sentiment was mostly positive, ranging to a few having some serious concerns for the season.
As Rosie Standish noted, farmers are a resilient bunch!
From every direction I’m hearing positive reports of communities intentionally supporting local businesses. I don’t pretend to know what the future holds but I’m hoping some of the positive changes that we’ve experienced during this time will continue on even after COVID-19 is just a distant memory.
For us here at Harvest Home Flowers our season hadn’t really started yet so we enjoyed more time at home. Norm works off farm as a respiratory therapist so he kept pretty busy but we’ve been fortunate here in Nebraska with the number of cases in proportion to our hospital space available. Demand for local flowers during the Easter/Mother’s Day/Memorial Day time was really strong here. Unfortunately, because of some unseasonably late freezes, we lost several of our spring perennial crops so we didn’t have a lot to meet that demand. Without a lot to harvest we used our extra time to plant like crazy in hopes of having a strong late summer/fall season.