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Taos has an especially short growing season, perhaps one of the shortest in the state. This fact alone makes farming in the area hard work. Add the task of predicting how much material to grow to satisfy the changing demand of the area markets and local restaurants, and farmers can often end up with what is known as a "bumper crop" - or an excess amount of one kind of vegetable or fruit for the season.

Even though it's only February, the folks at Arroyo Seco's Morning Star Farm are working hard. Inside a large greenhouse, two husband-andwife teams tend the arugula, spinach, and other greens that are already sprouting. The warmth and vitality of …