With another 1" of rain on Sunday, we put the irrigation pipes down for the week and set our sights on trying to keep up with the harvest and the weeds. Good luck to us!! The weeds have really been on a roll these last few weeks. Once we started getting a little moisture (round early Aug) those little dormant seeds began to germinate. And with the heat continuing on, the newly sprouted carpets quickly became jungles. We have put all remaining resources towards trying to stay ahead of this deluge, but it has been a draw at best. For those who have been in the pick-your-own fields, you know what I mean. Some winners, some losers. Some messy fields with lots of food in them.
We only have so many remaining resources (human, machine, monetary, time), since we are also at the height of the harvest season. With bumper crops of tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers, we have lots of buckets to fill before we can continue weeding. On top of that, now it is time to begin the storage crop harvest. Whenever we had a moment, it was all hands on deck in the onion field: Clean the crates. Load them on the truck. Place crates in the dusty field. Pull the bulbs and fill the crates. Crates to truck, truck to greenhouse, crates to benches. Before we knew it there were over 5000 lbs curing in that dry space. But, we didn't have long to savor the sight. Back to the tomato field!
By the end of the week, the weather had turned hot, and the earth back to dusty. We need to start irrigating again to keep our fall greens in the game. And then keep weeding. And then keep picking. And all the while, believe it or not, planning for winter.
We hope you enjoy the harvest.
(for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, John, Rebecca, and Sunny)