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Meeting old friends
Written by Marv Baker   
Sunday, 04 February 2018

This past weekend the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association held its annual conference in conjunction with the North Dakota Wine and Grape Growers convention.

It was great being part of the weekend and getting together with old friends, as well as meeting some new friends. Those of us from North Prairie Farmers Market often sat together and had meals together sitting at a round table. We talked, laughed and began making plans for the 2018 season.

It was a time of renewed excitement with like-minded individuals from across the state. But more importantly, it showed that we are all thinking about the same things and getting ready to open up our greenhouses and get things growing.

But it's also a time to think about all the things that haven't been done. Yes, it's February and it's as cold now as it's been all winter, but there are a number of items that have to be accomplished before our greenhouse is operational. The cold has to break soon.

It's also a time to think about our customers and our CSA shareholders. This is why we are in business and this is why we work so hard. Our customers are committed to supporting the local foods movement and we are as equally committed to providing local foods to those customers. It's an important part of agriculture these days and we will do our level best to get the freshest produce to our customers.

The seeds for 2018 have all arrived and now we wait. With that said, this wouldn't be North Star Farms if we didn't do something unusual. Thus I'd like to announce that this year we will be offering asparagus and strawberries for the first time. We will once again grow cotton and if anyone is interested in a decorative plant, please let us know. We got hold of some organic Carolina Reaper peppers, said to be some of the hottest available. And, we have found organic tobacco and will grow it just as the members of the Jamestown Colony grew it, as a pesticide to protect other beneficial plants. The tobacco is toxic to certain insects and will repel them.

Improvements will also be made to the high tunnel in order to get additional production. The materials are here, it's just too darn cold right now to work on it. 

When I look outside and see the temperature in the negative numbers, it seems like spring is a long way off. But it was that conference last weekend that motivated all of us to start the wheels turning.

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