Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I got a call yesterday from a local weather reporter. He had come out in April after the cold snap to do a story on our strawberries. Back then, I reported that the cold had no impact because the plants had not yet flowered. I'm sure the story he was looking for was one of impending doom.

So when I talked with him yesterday he wanted to know about the impact of the recent hot weather on our harvest. I thought to myself "what hot weather?" Seven out of the last 12 days temperatures were below normal. Except for a couple of spikes of hot weather, it actually seemed cool. I reported to him that the cool weather was actually helping to stretch out our berry season and creating conditions that were almost dream-like for berry farmers. Perhaps that was a story in itself, but certainly not the one he was seeking. He seemed to want disaster. As a last ditch effort to try to salvage a good disaster story, he asked me about the strawberry root weevil problem that had wiped out a neighboring farmer's strawberries and whether or not that had impacted us. Once again, I threw cold water on that one by pointing out that strawberry season was over and that the website where he'd gotten his information was out of date.

So, the bottom line, no disaster, no story....

6 comments:

Christine said...

How do you have time to blog and farm? You have the most beautiful property I have ever been to. I am that red haired woman that is out most every saturday at the crack of dawn. You have on several occasions pointed me to the correct/best picking field. We LOVE your farm. You are a great man, farmer Don!

Michael R said...

I love the lay of the land at your farm. Most appreciate how you open it to all the world and share its bounty so generously. Keep up the good work.

Chad Thoams said...

Don,

Your Farm looks amazing, I work for a Crop Insurance company and we have picked up a cut flower nursery that also has some blueberries outside of Wilsonville. I have visted their location, it's no where near the size or quality of yours. I was wondering if I could come by and take a tour just to learn more about the industry with this being a new policy that is being offered there is no real experts for me to learn from. I would really enjoy talking to you even if its just for a few minutes.

Chad Thomas
csthomas@armt.com
(530) 908-0719

eM said...

I hope you are able to keep up your blog - I love hearing about the daily doings of farm life

Pam Hogeweide said...

Kruger Farms have been my family's favorite since the first year you opened. We'll be out soon to pick some berries and to also catch one of the Thur night concerts. And of course we always come in October to get our pumpkins and let the kids run the mud maze, um, I mean the corn maze. :-) So many great memories for us on your 80 acres.

Glad to have found your blog. I'll add it to my google reader!

Jennifer Klages said...

Great blog Farmer Don! My family lives in Astoria, but we come in to Sauvie at least twice a summer for the "full farm experience". Thanks for all you do!