Farm Manager, Dan Cousins shares this week about the weather conditions here at Pietree.
For those of you who have been reading the regular updates on the new syrup facility that is our winter project this year, the weather conditions of this winter are a good opportunity to stretch our view of syrup out to a little broader perspective. Late last fall a series of unexpected hurtles suddenly fell away to allow us to acquire the land, contract the builders, and move forward on a nice addition to Pietree.
At the time, it was obvious that we would have to get moving. Yet, there was more than enough time to get everything in place for the sap run in the spring.
Did anyone notice that it has snowed a little more than normal this last December?
We did what good farmers do. We adjusted our timetables, trimmed our production estimates, and pushed harder.
Did anyone notice that it kept snowing in January? Oh, and got a little chilly?
The time spent dealing with snow and not being able to do anything has begun to take a toll. But any good Maine farmer will just buckle down and push harder. Set the sights a little more reasonably and hope to get it done in time.
Snow, snow, snow.
This is where the perspective comes in. There is a chance that the work wont be finished in time. There is a chance that there will be no Peaches this year from the cold. Strawberries can be cold damaged and there is a chance that they wont bare. There is no chance that Pietree wont be here in the spring.
There are other farmers in Maine that can’t claim that. Farming is a gamble. In Maine farming is huge gamble. Please know that when you see the prices rising in the local shops and restaurants that this is not like a cable company looking for a few more dollars profit. The increase comes from a local farmer trying to make it through a winter more expensive than most.
Oh great. It is snowing again. Now, where are those snowshoes?