The four days of rain filled the Mayhaw Pond. The frogs were so happy. It sounded like a buzz saw running when I went outdoors at night. We did worry about the last cold spell but it wasn’t a “hard” freeze and we are gambling that there will be a nice crop this year.
The last good crop we had was three years ago. We collected 700 pounds that year. It was the year we had a rain like the recent one. Those of you that have been attending all these years will remember the crew wearing waders and floating the buckets or sometimes using the canoe while they gathered the berries. Many folks came and got them fresh from the bog. It was a lot of fun.
Since then we’ve had strange winter weather and each year the production was less. Last year was terrible – warm all winter and no rain. We collected less than 50 pounds of mayhaws. We weren’t alone though. I received inquiries from all over Louisiana and Georgia looking to buy mayhaws because their stands didn’t produce either.
Now it is 2013 and we are very hopeful and making plans to have a great festival the first weekend in May. We always have the festival no matter what. I’m lining up vendors now. We are working on adding some new things to the venue, some guy things, like blacksmith and woodcarving demonstrations. I’m trying to arrange with collectors and restorers to put their antique tractors on display. We are adding “Tailgate Row” – if you have something to show off or sell – we will line you up and let you work from the back of your truck. This will all be in addition to the regulars that have been coming for years. We want to get the ponies back again but I haven’t talked to them yet. Painted Pony was here during the New Leaf Market Farm Tour for just a few short hours each day. They were a big hit with the kids.
So keep watching for updates about who will be here and what days and times. Like all of you, all of the vendors can’t come and stay the whole time so we are flexible and make room for them whenever. We know there will be something to eat and our new Country Store will be open with all types of new things. Lots of kids and lambs to pet and the hayride is always open.