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This year marks our 19th anniversary. In November of 2013, I closed the doors to Annie's GreenGrocery in Calmar. There have been quite a few of you who have asked if I am feeling okay. To be perfectly honest, I was extremely tired, could not think clearly, gaining weight, amongst other things. I was diagnoised with hashimoto's thyroiditis a few years ago. After some detailed blood work, I found that along with my ferritin levels being extremely low, so was my cortisol levels. Both of these can make one chronically tired, have loss of memory, along with other symptoms. The doctor also thought that my thyroid should be on the downhill side of burning out. So, I have had some recouping to do.
2014 is about making changes for me. There will no longer be plants for sale, nor will I be doing any workshops. My main focus will be the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) and the roadside stand. It is my hopes to erect a building on the farm to sell produce out of and then when we retire the building, use it for family gatherings, as our home is a little small for such events.
Annie's grows heirloom vegetables. Heirlooms are the original seed, meaning that if you save the seed you will end up with the same plant that you started out with. Hybrids are plants that take two different plants and their qualities and make it into a "better" plant. However, you cannot save hybrid seed as it will go back to one of the original plants.
I have always been very conscience about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and do not use any kind of GMO seeds. Several years ago, I made the decision to raise all of our seeds in organic soil and compost. We do not fertilize with chemicals but use only compost. This makes for a very healthy plant.
Our vegetable gardens will be expanding this year and we also hope to plant more kinds of fruit trees and bushes. In trying to provide fruit for our CSA, I have found that Iowa does not produce many fruits, as it is quite difficult with our cold winters. However, we have successfully planted red and gold raspberries and have begun to raise blueberries.
Be sure to stop in and chat a while and remember to ENJOY!!