On Saturday night it started and quickly it was a full-blown rain storm. When I awoke Sunday to the sound of rain again, it took me a while to register, but when I went to feed the cows, I found myself running to get to the tractor so I wouldn’t get so wet. Weird. The rain gauge (aka a white bucket) seemed to say about 1". On top of that, the weather had cooled down. And it was cloudy. So the water wasn't running away or burning off. Yahoo!! In the cool damp Monday, the harvest crew set about the usual haul, and also found a huge crop of ripe tomatoes. The weeders (I hired a bunch extra for the wet week) started on the big weed pile in the fall beets. In the afternoon, we head for the North Field at Small One's to plant our last big fall broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower crops. So far so good. On Tuesday we awoke to a big, unexpected downpour which left us moving cows to pasture, trudging through huge puddles in full rain gear! What is going on? Now there was over 2” in the buckets at the end of the tomato rows. In this ridiculous game of chance, we hit the jackpot, with a real, old, honest-to-goodness soak.
So we took the week of irrigating. And our big, mighty weeder crew freed the beets and carrots from a burgeoning forest of pig weed. And the harvest crew brought in loads of carrots, eggplants, tomatoes, and more. Our crops, one by one showed signs of perking up. The winter squash, no longer wilting starting setting some heavy fruit. The fall brassicas kicked in, with some beautiful toscano kale hinting of late-August harvests. Sunny and I caught up on seeding. John mowed the old garlic land to prep for fall kale. Karen got the basket weeder rolling through the germinating crops. Zoe even got a chance to cultivate the onions!
Of course, it’s still dry out there. And if it doesn’t rain again, we will be irrigating again next week. But for this week at least, everything was just coming up roses. And boy did that smell good!
We hope you enjoy the harvest.
(for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, John, Rebecca, and Sunny)