Montana Produce

There are lots of place in Montana you can grow produce, but there are few places in our great state it is a constant challenge.   I live in one of them.  I was standing in line Saturday talking with a friend and another woman in line and we were comparing temperatures for the previous night.   I was winning the prize for the warmest overnight temp, 34 degrees.   The other two women had 30 and 29.  It isn’t yet going to be that cold every night, but it drove home to this Midwest girl that this is the reason I look for plants that mature in under 60 days.

We talked about the tomato plants we plants we grew.   Looking for key words like glacier, early and speedy.  Even then we might never get  a single tomato.  That is the case for me this year.

We laughed about covering our gardens in August as nothing unusual, like they had done the prior night.  It is what is expected here, though the rest of the world would perceive this as sign of global cooling.

All of this is a big deal, because I love fresh veggies.   We try to eat meatless one night a week and none of this make it easy.   Our personal gardens require us to be smart in our plant choices and believe the weatherman anytime they call for a frost warning in, even in July or August. Our local supermarkets, don’t stock local produce because it is not prevalent.   Our farmer’s market is small and there is much stuff from resellers and crafts.  Occasionally growers from other parts of the state will drive here to sell their wonderful produce, but with the price of gas we are seeing that less and less.

My Uncle was right when he said I need a greenhouse.


3 comments on “Montana Produce

  1. It is amazing to hear your stories and the weather you are currently facing. I mean, I know it’s just a reality of geography, but heck – we were just out in the backyard with the chickens, sweating it out in hot, muggy, humid temps with the mosquitoes. Do you do winter squash and such at your place?

    • Most years I am able to get some summer squash that have less than 60 season, but winter squash for the most part needs about 90 days. If I am really careful and everything goes my way I have had success with a shorter season acorn squash once.

  2. This is so true. We were at 28 degrees 10 miles north of Dillon. Lost all our squashes and tomatoes and since we had a week of frosts every night in the middle of June everything was late getting started anyhow. We do have potatoes, so I guess that is a plus…….And the farmers market here is really hard as you are right it mostly crafts and resellers. And people don’t want to pay the money for fresh produce even organic….It is frustrating.

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