On The Edge

Once again the forecast had a boom/bust feel to it; two days of hot sun, two days of rain, two days of sun. Luckily this week we had two big jobs that needed some rain (planting our last big fall crop) and some not rain (harvesting melons). Let's go!

Monday dawned foggy as the thick morning dew gave hints of the big heat to come. We harvested as usual in the morning, then brought in our first big cantaloupe harvest in the afternoon. On Tuesday with one crew heading back to finish the harvest, another crew was setup to plant the last acre of fall kale, collards, escarole, and broccoli. This job requires 5 people, so with a big morning crew, we went for it even though the forecast was for hot and sunny (with a 50% chance of thunderstorms for the afternoon). With the plants in the ground looking a little wilty, we took to the field in the afternoon with all of our cultivation tractors, to not only kill some weeds & add air to our soil, but also provoke some rain (Murphy's Law). No rain at 5pm. All fields cultivated. Plants looking thirsty......Then, at 640......an absolute deluge, ruining most of the weeding, but setting the fall kale on a sturdy path forwards.

From there, it has gone sun/rain/sun/rain all the way until Friday, where we now find ourselves with a barn full of melons, and wet fields and soggy plants everywhere. The plants and farmers are showing signs of too much moisture; The ripening peppers have brown splotches on them. The early summer greens are struggling (see below). The second cucumber patch is waterlogged not producing well. The tomatoes seem balanced precariously on the edge of past disasters. The trucks get stuck at the bottom of the corn field at 6am. It's time for mental toughness - especially with the forecast of rain, clouds, and more drizzle for days. Thing is, with rain, is there's just nothing we can do about it. We can only change our attitude, our thinking; Not get caught in the impending doom lurking in our minds. Stay in the moment; The loads of melons and corn that are keeping us good company. The fall crops growing in the ground.  A community supporting us as we move through all of this not-knowing. We will keep you posted.

We hope you enjoy the harvest,

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