Please remember there will NOT be a CSA pick-up next week, September 29th. We will return to regular deliveries on October 6th.
In your share this week:
- Sweet Onions, red and yellow
- Basil, last of the season
- Golden Beets
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Bell Peppers
- Hungarian Wax Peppers
- Cucumbers (not all pick-up locations)
- French Fillet Beans
In last week's newsletter I mentioned that we were nervous about potential damage to our plants from freezing temperatures. We've been ready to go and taking necessary precautions with heaters and row covers. And so far...so good! Little did I know that the cold was not to be the culprit which would bring certain demise to many farm crops.
On Friday afternoon, as I was taking a break after working all morning to harvest produce for our second to last Saturday market, a storm blew in over Smoot. The thunder and lightening was incredible. The bolts of electricity were visibly close and put my computer into frequent spasms. The noise of the thunder only confirmed my suspicion of how close this storm was to the farm. I decided it would be wise to delay my next chore of going out into the steel structured greenhouses to pick tomatoes. Looking out the window I noticed how the horizons on nearly every angle still showed blue skies, so I anticipated merely a quick and heavy rainstorm but considered how it would probably change Shain's plans for harvesting potatoes the next day. Then I sat back with every intention of enjoying my prolonged break.
And the storm came down, but it wasn't rain.
It wasn't a snow storm either. This is HAIL!
EverGreen Farm was pummeled by a hail storm which lasted for about 30 minutes. The hail was marble sized and came down with wicked force. All I could do was sit and watch.
It occurred to me that I should take a few photos to document what I was seeing. And it's a good thing I did because the warm rains that followed the hail melted much of the ice within a few minutes. If I hadn't been home to witness this event, I would not have know it had happened.
After the hail turned to rain I braved a trip outside to survey the damage. My boots sunk deep into the mud which was completely dry ground just a hour prior. I first went out to the new salad rows, hoping for a miracle. The once tender growth looked as though it had been rolled over by an old fashioned lawn mower. Then I went over to fields #1 and #2, shutting greenhouse doors as I went (and feeling so relieved the inside crops were spared).
This picture is a good representation of whats left of all the leafy green plants growing out in the fields, including our new Fall crops of salad, Swiss chard, and kale. It was all shredded to pieces by the hail.
All the root crops are fine, except for their leafy green tops which aren't edible anyways. (Except the beet greens, and much of them look just like the chard. That's why you got "topless" beets in your share this week.)
I'm a little surprised at how well we are taking this loss. A few years ago we'd probably have reacted differently (not a pretty sight) but I guess we are getting used to crazy things happening on the farm. And maybe we are getting used to these types of frustrations. Such is the life of farming!
Now it's time to move on to a heavy harvest of Fall root crops: carrots, beets, potatoes, leeks and onions. And hopefully the greenhouses will keep spoiling us with their bounty for a few weeks longer.
Have a great week and enjoy your veggies!