Dear Farm Journal,
The evidence that we fell behind this weekend is all over the asparagus patch. We harvested on Friday morning, but skipped Saturday and Sunday. The bright sunshine and hot weather shot the spears into rapid growth. Now the spears are up to my waist, the heads no longer tight, the stalks no longer tender. They are number twos now and no longer destined for the market. As we walk the 2000 ft patch in search of number ones, I think about how much money was lost because we let the harvest get ahead of us. When we take time off, there is always a cost.