Farming, really growing anything, even kids, is a gamble. Ask any farmer, gardener, or parent. I’ve had two perennial areas of frustration for me. One is tomatoes. We plow through loads of ketchup, tomato sauce and salsa. We use LOTS of tomatoes. Ripening them has been a bad bet (at best) for years for me. Two years ago, we built a hoop house, and this year finally, I’m getting ripe tomatoes before they all freeze solid. To say I was excited was an understatement. I was showing people the picture like I had a new baby… Pathetic.
The other product has been cherries. I planted 5 trees back in 2007, two died (I’m not nor have I ever pretended to be a orchardist), and any time there has been a hope, when I go out to pick, I’m greeted with bird poo in the trees, and no cherries. This year, it looks like not only will we get a bunch of Rainiers but also Sweethearts. I’m stoked. We got about 3# off the Rainier tree and the Sweethearts look like they are ready to go now.