We tend to set two goals for ourselves. The first is a number we think is reasonable AND should provide us with plenty to meet obligations (CSA, etc) and provide additional sales opportunities. The second is a goal we think we really have to get in order to just meet obligations. Additional sales would be minimal in that case.
All numbers with * are subject to change as the season continues.
goal - 800 pounds minimum goal - 650 pounds
2015: 888.5 pounds * 2014: 812 pounds
goal - 500 pounds minimum goal - 400 pounds
2015: 369.8 pounds * 2014: 674.4 pounds
goal - 4000 fruit minimum goal - 3000 fruit
2015: 2898 fruit 2014: 2142 fruit
goal - 3000 head minimum goal - 2000 head
2015: 3393 head 2014: 3153 head
Bell and Sweet Peppers
goal - 4000 fruit minimum goal - 3000 fruit
2015: 4121 fruit * 2014: 4405 fruit
goal - 1400 fruit minimum goal - 1000 fruit
2015: 936 fruit 2014: 1318 fruit
goal - 750 pounds minimum goal - 500 pounds
2015 - 323 pounds * 2014 - 457.1 pounds
goal - 500 fruit min goal - 300 fruit
2015 - 644 fruit 2014 - 385 fruit
goal - 2000 bulbs min goal - 1500 bulbs
2015 - 3598 bulbs 2014 - 2298 bulbs
goal - 1000 fruit min goal - 500 fruit
2015 - 638 fruit * 2014 - 64 fruit
goal - 250 pounds min goal - 100 pounds
2015 - 445.4 pounds 2014 - 66 pounds
goal - 2500 pounds min goal - 1000 pounds
2015 - 867.2 pounds * 2014 - 416.4 pounds
goal - 600 pounds min goal - 400 pounds
2015 - 296.3 pounds * 2014 - 36.5 pounds
goal - 300 pounds min goal - 250 pounds
2015 - 396.4 pounds * 2014 - 287.2 pounds
goal - 400 pounds min goal - 300 pounds
2015 - 166.4 pounds * 2014 - 628.2 pounds
goal - 100 pounds min goal - 75 pounds
2015 - 94.6 pounds * 2014 - 63.5 pounds
goal - 2000 fruit min goal - 1500 fruit
2015 - 3161 fruit * 2014 - 1925 fruit
This is just a sampling of our harvest so far and some of the general goals we set for ourselves for production. If you have interest in some of our other crops, let us know and we'll add them to this list!
Obviously, some of the crops listed here will have their numbers change dramatically very soon. For example, the potatoes and winter squash tend to get harvested as whole rows rather than as things ripen. And, we have many feet of carrots still to be dug from the ground.
Other crops, such as zucchini and green beans, are clearly winding down and their numbers may not change much from what you see here. On the other hand, the Fall lettuce is in the ground and won't get harvested until October and November, so you can expect changes in those numbers.
A Note About Units
You might note that some of our crops are measured in pounds and others by the fruit. The reality is that we keep measurements for both for many of our crops. Counting the number of heads, fruits or stems is a function of how we harvest for our farm share CSA. If you have 60 people to deliver tomatoes to then you need tomatoes in increments of 60 or more. Depending on the tomato type, that could be 10 pounds or 60 pounds. For some crops, we have not kept weight records every season, so we revert to the standard count (zucchini for example).
The Not So Good
Other crops that didn't exactly make us really happy, but on review, they did (or are doing) what we need them to do (but not much more) include cucumbers and lettuce (just to name a couple).
We should probably work on our attitude regarding these crops. It is natural for us to set high goals for every single crop and it is equally natural for us to be somewhat disappointed if we don't hit the higher goals for each and every crop. But, if you look carefully, the cucumbers did just fine (and did far better than many other farms' cukes).
And the Ugly
We did not have many really bad crops on the farm this year. Yes, we planted alot of watermelon plants in order to get our 20 or so watermelons. So, that one would qualify as a crop failure if it weren't for the small batch of Orangeglo watermelon plants we slipped into a corner by the melons.
The issue this season has been some of the abrupt exits of crops that we expected to go longer into the season. Usually, we would just now be saying good-bye to the cucumbers. But, they've been done for weeks now. And, usually, we would expect all kinds of side shoots from our broccoli. But, this year, we have some problems due to the humid, cool weather that are likely going to force us to remove the plants.
It's hard to gripe about these things when we can honestly say that we had some fabulous broccoli prior to this point. And, Tammy and I will treat ourselves to one of the dinged up Orangeglo watermelons this weekend (we've tried one already and it's fabulous).
So, here's to a year with limited Ugly!