March 16, 2022

As the saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” This has been accurate this month. The first part of the month has been cold and wet with snow and rain. With our fingers crossed, we hope that the rest of the month is calm and temperatures continue to warm up. We have enjoyed the extra minutes of daylight and truly sense that Spring is right around the corner.

Message about Ukrainian staff

We can’t thank you enough for the support you have shown for all of our Ukrainian employees. Each season we bring anywhere from 15-20 individuals from Ukraine to work on our farm on the H-2A agricultural work visa. Many of these individuals have worked for us for over 10 years, becoming part of our family. What their country is going through is unimaginable.

Fortunately, 3 of our Ukrainian employees came early this season and are able to help keep us connected to what is happening in their hometowns. We are doing everything we can to get the rest of our employees here for the 2022 season, but at this time the men are not allowed to leave the country. This is a very fluid situation and we will continue to update everyone on their wellbeing as we receive pertinent information.

Like all of you, we are facing the uphill battle of rising costs. It seems like there isn’t a week that goes by where we don’t receive a phone call letting us know that if we don’t lock in certain orders, prices will increase anywhere from 10-20%. While we are able to lock in some prices to help with overall production costs, there are many variables in the agricultural industry. Industrywide, we are keeping a close eye on the economic challenges and navigating these never before seen challenges all growers are facing. More than ever, it will be important to support local growers when possible.
Flowers in the greenhouse

On the farm, most things are in full swing! It’s hard to believe that another season is underway, but greenhouses are rapidly filling up with flowers and with vegetable seedlings. Before we know it, our crews will be covering our high tunnels and the seedlings will be going into the ground. Our grafted tomato plants will soon be ready to plant.

If the weather cooperates, we hope to have them in the ground the final week of March. Just think, those red and juicy tomatoes are only a couple of months away!

Now Hiring!

We are also gearing up for our retail season. We have begun hiring for our Garden Centers and Vegetable Stands. Are you interested in learning more or interested in joining our team? Check out the job description and apply online today. Our Garden Centers will be built mid-April and opening dates will be scheduled for the last week of April and first week of May, weather dependent of course.

There you have it! All of our crews are hard at work preparing to get crops into the ground so that you can all enjoy them in the coming months. Let’s hope the worst of winter is behind us and sunny spring days are ahead.



Untiedt family summer 2021

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