We are squatters. On Friday, July 26th, Citizen’s Union Bank sold our farm. We are about to be homeless. It did not matter that the family paid $160,000.00 for it and I had only about $17,000.00 left to pay off. It did not matter that we were only $1,000.00 behind. It did not matter that doctors had removed about half of each of my foot. They foreclosed. After the fees, taxes and penalties they demanded about $60,000.00 for the $17,000.00 debt. My advice for anyone with a mortgage is do not get sick or hurt.Continue reading Our Farm is Gone
I am so very proud of my sister Jodi. She is a fighter and a survivor. This picture was taken of her before chemo today. The skeleton pants are commentary on her previous weight loss. Not negative commentary. Like i said, she is a survivor. This photo was taken after she gained about 25 pounds.
New for 2018, the Thai Sampler. A box filled with green, white, purple, orange, and of course red Thai peppers. All fresh off the plant the day your box is picked packed and shipped. The new Thai sampler is an example of where I am gradually taking both peppers and seeds. In addition to offering boxes of the original pepper (like Red Carolina Reaper), we are focusing on providing selections of the variants for each pepper. The idea being to continue to offer whole boxes of single peppers for artisan sauce / powder makers, but to also offer boxes with variety for folk who want to sample the many different variants. It is my hope that for the 2019 seed season, that we will also offer seed collections that match the fresh pepper collections.
I have listed new boxes today. I apologize. Between the horribly wet spring, which retards pollination, and my new physical challenges I have been listing slowly. I am making sure I do not oversell. The result is that boxes sell almost as fast as I am listing them. As the season moves on, this will improve. More pepper will come ripe and I will continue to learn how to walk on what is essentially new feet.
All the catch ups from last year’s first frost boxes are picked and packed. As promised, I started listing boxes for this season. The first two have already sold. I have listed two more mixed boxes / samplers for sale. The first two sold so fast, you guys have gotta be sitting here at work pressing refresh or something. You guys are great and I am so very flattered.
From my kitchen window, I can see red and white pods ready to pick, pack, and ship. Not a great many, but I haven’t been out there since they wheeled me off to the hospital last week. Since then, even more rain which seems to retard ripening. But who knows what I will find when I get back out there. Continue reading Hospital Stay and Delay