Down the River
The cucumber waterfall started at the end of last week. Our steady harvests of 200 lbs swelled to 400 each pick, totalling 1200 lbs for the week. On Monday there was another big harvest of them ripe and ready, so out we went. And then we turned to the tomatoes and found another unstoppable fountain: we could fill buckets standing in just one spot. That many. Once all 1700 lbs were in the farm shop and the harvest was all washed and packed, we grabbed some overflowing cukes and tomatoes for ourselves, packed some bread and cheese to supplement, and all 20 of us drove up to the Deerfield River for Crew Appreciation Day.
On the Deerfield, the flow varies depending when they release the dam upstream. Wecall the Waterline to check the "flowcast" before we go. Given all the rushing rivers of incoming crops at the farm, it might seem like a funny time to take a whole afternoon for a river trip. But the weeders will head to school at the end of the month, and we'll miss them! And truthfully, we've crested the plant-growing peak of the season. Now we're riding the swelling wave of the harvest. And that will continue on into the fall. Time to take a moment for appreciation of it all. It's also glorious out there (everywhere) right now - the yellows and purples of goldenrod, loosetrife, and Joe Pye weed pop against the greenery. Add the rush of the river, and we're swept away. Ahhh. We jumped in the deep spots. We splashed and paddled. We mostly just went with the flow had big smiles at the end.
Monday was an extra-great day to tube because we caught the last lull before the big rush of melons. And then the dam burst and they were ready on Wednesday - 8000 lbs of sweetness. Our crew: refreshed and ready. Looking around the farm right now, this story is likely to repeat itself. It looks like a river of food from here to the horizon. We're still farming so there's still uncertainty. We know that this river might hit some rocky rapids, some shallower spots. But the current "flowcast" is high. We hope you enjoy the harvest.
(for Dan, Karen, Abbe, Rebecca, Sunny and Ellen)