This is the time of year when we start to feel as excited as we are nervous about the upcoming growing season. We are all excited about finally being able to work. The fresh smell of the soil being turned over for the first time has an addictive aroma that I can’t resist. It propels us to be able to work those 15-hour days required to get the ground ready. The nervousness sets in because we are all hoping that we properly prepared for the spring rush. Hitting all the exact planting dates for all of the various crops we grow can be challenging, but we do whatever it takes to get the job done.

As always, if you have any questions about this year’s growing season, please select the e-mail link below. –Ian Teresi

The ground is all ready to go. It’s the first time in 12 years that all of our ground is listed and the irrigation systems are all hooked up and waiting for the plants, which should begin arriving around mid-April from the greenhouse. The first plantings will be Bell and Anaheim varieties.

We will be planting the first few plantings this month. We ordered a new planter that should be here in May sometime. This planter will increase efficiency by requiring less seed, obtaining a uniform stand, increasing pack out and increasing yield. We are very excited about this new development, and look forward to having more of our notoriously crisp, fresh beans this year!

Our Conventional and Organic Garlic crops are both looking great.

The lack of rain has actually been extremely beneficial for weed control in the Organic Garlic fields. It has allowed us to cultivate and clean the garlic exactly when it should be, which minimizes expenses. On the flip side, however, the lack of rain has made us have to irrigate basically the whole year.


The first planting, which is looking fantastic, is very close to harvest. We should be picking in a few weeks! The second planting will be ready sometime in June.