Water

Last weeks' newsletter was a setup. The kind of balance we experienced last week, is rarely maintained for more than a fleeting moment - if at all. I figured it would break one way or the other and the consolation prize would be that this weeks' news would be much easier to write.   Surely as day follows night, and rain follows thunder, the earth moves forward, whichever way she wants, but usually from one extreme to another. And so it was this week; The balance of water/no-water, went unequivocally to water.

The skies cleared briefly over the weekend, and then it was back to rain, followed by showers, chance of thunder, outright downpour, with some intermittent drizzles. We saw the sun peak out at times, usually to spike the humidity enough to trigger another round of thunder and lightening. The socks stayed wet. And were changed. And got wet again. So too the shirts, the hands, the hats, and eventually our minds went soggy as well.

Here's an old farmers saying: "a drought is better than a flood, because at least in a drought you can go out and pretend you are doing something." Or "It's easier to put water on than to take it off." No irrigation pipes necessary. Also no cultivation tractors possible. Nor tomato trellising. Handweeders slogged through mud and pulled a lot of weeds (many of which then re-rooted in the pathways). Harvesters slogged through the rain, getting trucks stuck, then pushing them out to get the buckets of cukes back to the shed.

There were some stresses to the crops; Much of the lettuce we tried to protect from the deer with the row cover, rotted under the weight of wet fabric. But, most of our big crops are currently holding up okay.  Of course, we now need it to stop raining for a while. We need the leaves to dry, so that the diseases don't develop or spread. We need the soil to dry so we can cultivate the late crops. We need the sun to shine so the tomatoes and peppers and melons ripen sweetly. Nothing to do but hope at this point. Our plants and roads and shirts are are somewhat dampened, but not our spirits, yet. We'll keep you posted!

We hope you enjoy the harvest,

Your Farmer,
Dan
(for Karen, Zoe, Abbe, Ellen, Alex, Ben, and Jake)