Is it really mid-April? Looking out the kitchen window at my garden it's hard to believe May Day arrives next week. Peas and beans, usually a foot tall already, are barely breaking through the soil. My precious tomatoes from last year's seed are refusing to grow, and my pepper plants are anything but thriving. This late winter weather is really taking a toll on my summer garden plantings and gardens all over east Texas.
Mr. Billy Raibon, the reluctantly appointed President of the Landowners Assocation of Texas after our sweet Miss Fay Radford's passing last month, said his crops are about a month behind schedule. And that means incomes will be about a month behind schedule. Evidenced at tonight's Landowners' Mixer, the cold weather is definitely having an impact on our local food economy and has some of our farmers concerned. Crops that are normally about ready for harvest are no where close and our farmers markets open in less than two weeks.