Happy New Year, she said, knowing the sentiment loses a little of its gloss when expressed on the second day of February. Ah well. We do our best.
I think we've worked harder on the farm over the last couple of months than we ever have before. Major milestones have been reached -- the new water tank's finally been installed, our cows have come home from across the road because we now have enough feed for them, and the pasture Farmer Wan sowed in November is coming along nicely.
So now it's time to deal with the saffron.
Saffron corms should be lifted and re-planted every three years.to prevent the beds from becoming overcrowded. We're doing this right now. It should have happened back in December, but we were too busy being overworked farmers to tackle it earlier.
As always, we had a plan. It was a good plan. We called it the Saffron Plan and it went like this: figuring that our original 1,000 corms in their eight beds would have increased by two or three times over the last three years, we'd be able to plant out another eight new beds and sell any surplus.
Then we come to the bit where the Saffron Plan fell down: we dug over 2,000 corms out of a single bed. In just 36 months, 144 corms turned into more than 2,000. (Someone who's good at maths will know what sort of percentage increase that is and if that smarty-pants person is you, please do enlighten the rest of us.)
I wanted Muntanui to brim with fecundity. The fecundity gods obviously listened and responded by blessing our corms with tribble-like properties.
So, the bottom line is that we have a serious surplus of corms and we're selling them to anyone in NZ who wants to buy 'em. If you or anyone you know is interested, check out our TradeMe listings or drop us a line using the Contact form.
If you need convincing, here's a little bit of sales pitch stuff I've taken from the TradeMe spiel. It's all true and everything. If you don't like sales pitch stuff, I'll just summarise it by saying that our saffron corms are awesome and tough and you should definitely buy them:
Our corms have produced AAA-rated saffron for three years running. Grown at 700m in the northern Southern Alps, they’ve survived snow, drought and anything else our demanding climate can throw at them.
So get cracking, please! Buy our corms! Now!
Posted by Farmer Nik
About Ewan and Niki
Scottish mechanical engineer with a deep and abiding passion for good food. Outstanding cook. Builder of lots of stuff. Cattle whisperer. Connoisseur of beer. A lover rather than a fighter.
Kiwi writer and broadcaster who hates cabbage, even though she knows it's good for her. Chook wrangler. Grower of food and flowers. Maker of fine preserves. Lover of dancing and wine. Definitely a fighter.