Our 26x96 ft. "high tunnel" or "hoophouse" erected in 2009 took quite a beating in the June "derecho." A new plastic covering was installed in the fall; it may not be quite as good as new, but it continues to get quite a work out year round. Ranunculus, anemone, snaps and delphinium were planted in November for spring harvest. They'll be replaced in spring with lisianthus, peppers and tomatoes. New in 2012 was the early harvest of strawberries that had been planted in Sept. of 2011. Another new crop was the "Baby Pink Ginger" which we read about in Growing for Market and just had to try. It was a huge hit! Baby ginger is harvested earlier than the brown skinned mature ginger, so it is more tender and less stringy.
A new 30x72 ft. high tunnel is going up this winter to expand the area we can grow under cover. We're excited about the opportunities this will allow for better crop rotations and expanded offerings of both flowers and vegetables. We continue to add more vegetables to what we grow at Flower Fields. The rule is they have to be pretty! Some of our favorites in 2012 were beets; rainbow carrots; cippolini onions; fingerling potatoes; french filet green beans; sweet potatoes; cherry/grape tomatoes; baby limas; edamame; and peanuts. Our 2012 peanut crop was so bountiful that we took orders for peanut brittle and sold several pounds for the holidays. Our customers say its the best peanut brittle they have ever eaten! Look for it again in 2013. Our greenhouse and hoophouse are making it possible to grow lettuce, arugula and carrots all winter long. These 'Paris Market' carrots were harvested in February!