No Rain? No Problem. We Have Zoe.

Keeping the water flowing in the newly-planted lettuce, cukes, zukes, and melons!!

You get to that point where you just don't look at the weather forecast any more.  70% chance of thunderstorms, becomes 0% before you have time to refresh the browser. Storms pass South. Then North. Then West. (And-no-we-don't-count-the-little-sprinkles-Monday-or-Friday-nights). Really, we've had just about zero for more than a while. After so many near-misses, absolute-misses, not-even-swinging-total-misses, there's just no point in thinking about it. Best to deal with what we have. Thankfully, we have Zoe.

Basically, without her, at this point, most of the crops on this farm would be shriveled and near-dead. Here's the way this works in early summer: My job is to harvest and cultivate (weed) the crops. Zoe's job is to keep them watered (and otherwise taken care of). So, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning I load up the truck with barrels and buckets, knives and people, and go out and bring home the harvest. Meanwhile, Zoe checks the fittings, fills the pump with fuel, gets 'er started, and makes sure the sprinklers are doing their thing. When the harvest is over, she takes one person and they move irrigation lines to the next crops. I take the rest of the crew and point the tractors in the right direction to kill weeds. When she has a spare moment, she orchestrates the pounding of 1500 stakes to trellis the tomatoes, plants 1000 heads of lettuce, scouts the onions for thrips. And on and on.

At this point, after an entire June with only 1.5" of rain total, there would be no crops to harvest, or weeds to kill, if we couldn't get the water going. And get it going, she has. This week alone she has successfully watered the greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, pumpkins, beans, scallions, onions, lettuce, melons, celery, beets, and carrots, using two different irrigation systems on over 20 acres. Without this work, we would likely be closing the farm next week with a short sign: "Sorry no more food until further notice." As it is, each crop that she waters, then grows like crazy (heat, sun) and we harvest more and more.  And more and more. She's looks a little tired. We look a little loaded with food.

We hope you enjoy the harvest.

Your Farmer,
Dan
(for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, John, Rebecca, and Sunny)