This picture was taken July 2008. Beautiful cabbage field at the top left, all our market veg. on the left, our hay field behind the barn etc,etc. (The photogapher came by and gave us a 4 X 6 for some vegetables!) Fields looked promising then. It's suppose to pour today again. The tomato patch is black with death. Oh hell, this is not a 'whine-cry' blog about all the rain. Let me spin this around a tad. Because we diversify our crops, we can get by. You see alot of your hard work head down the drain as disease or just plain 'rot' sets in (potatoes)....whoa, starting to whine I think. Financially it's a kicker SOOO is is essential to plan every year and learn to expect anything. We do not count on one single crop to pay the mortgage. Since we don't resell, it is up to us to produce for ourselves the bounty that will keep us going. We are always coming up with new ideas and plans. No time to whine if you want to keep farming, sometimes you have to change. We are going to begin to provide our customers with meat!! Small scale of course and all retail at our Toronto markets!! We are starting with pork this year and will go from there! This winter will be our trial run with sausages, and with a very Polish\Ukrainian unique vibe! Since we do the veg, our animals will be eatting the best of the best and the quality of the meat will be superior. Creating a viable winter income has become essential for our continued success, so the prepared foods (perogies, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut) and meats we will be offering will do the trick. I also plan to get in touch with an organization regarding 'humane pork'. Not only will I offer certified organic meat, my animals will have one hell of an amazing life!! No crowded, dark, filled to the max barns with cheap, antibiotic filled crap feed - they will be happy, respected animals. Like my pigs now. They are too happy! We are also planning a head NOW with our 3 greenhouses. It is raining all to hell outside, but we can till the soil, ammend with lots of compost now inside the 'houses for next spring! We hope to offer very early salad mixes and heads of lettuce before field stock is ready to our hungry customers early 2009! If you don't plan now, it won't work out. Hay did well for us this year. We got three cuts off, SOO lots of feed for animals! The greenhouses sit empty for a good part of the year, it's time to make them work harder for us. Use those assets! So, despite the weather, Sosnicki's are pushing forward and will have even more diverse foods to offer as the years pass! I can smell the sausage now - filled with our homegrown leeks, onions and garlic!