We have power!!!! And not a moment too soon. Farm activities proceeded as usual through the power outage, they just required a little extra logistic finagling- generators already in place pretty much took care of the veggie cooler and greenhouse, a special tractor powered generator allowed us to pump water for washing and watering starts, and a big truck-mounted water tank was pressed into service to keep the pigs cool and watered. Did you know some pigs love nothing more than a good hose-down?
The power outage was just an insult added to the already blazing temperatures we’ve all been experiencing this week, although some life forms take it better than others. The farm crew is persevering in good spirits, while the spring crops wilt and fade under the onslaught.
Broccoli, spinach, arugula, tat soi, and peas are done until cooler weather is back. At the same time, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, and (spoiler alert) melons are really coming into their own now. This year we’re growing some new tomato varieties, including the “heirloom-flavored” Orange Blossom that we started giving out this week. It’s especially delicious prepared simply, maybe a little salt, a little pepper, some julienned basil sprinkled over thick slices, paired with a fresh mozzarella for a real summertime treat.
One way we help these summer crops to flourish is by irrigating them, in several different ways. There’s the drip tape method, whereby water is piped directly from the river into thin black tubing laid at the base of the crops, where small holes deliver a cool drink right to the roots. Then there’s “THE TRAVELER” a movie title waiting to happen, but also the name of our overhead water sprinkler system. Essentially it works by using hydraulic pressure to move a sprinkler head down a section of field, watering up to 16 full beds at a time. We also use stationary overhead sprinklers in the Pick Your Own field, keeping the flowers and beans quenched.
It’s a good feeling knowing that farm, the vegetables, and the crew can weather the weather, and even thrive under adverse conditions. Come out and celebrate summer’s bounty with us, we’d love to see you.