I can no longer recall the last day that it didn't rain. As soon as I am elbow deep in a project...rain. I am becoming so unbelievably tired of it. Rain stops nearly all of our most important processes on the farm; seed, weed, feed, and harvest. The weeds have become a force to be reckoned with, beating me down again, and again.
Weeds are now the very bane of my existence.
Having been cooped up for several days, I began brooding incessantly, waiting for the single opportunity to tend to our crops. So, after a morning shower I slipped on my muck boots and headed for the garden. My optimism ignored the deep trenches my tires were tearing into into the saturated ground behind me.
I opened the creaking truck door and stepped into one of those summer days that I had been dreading for weeks. I could feel the sun deep in my skin as I started to become sticky with sweat. "I'll be a little red tomorrow" I thought to myself. After being holed up for the past week, the mosquitoes were anxious to take advantage of the storm break. They came at me in droves, desperate for a blood meal, and the feasted until I was polka-dotted.
I walked into the garden and sank...and then I sank some more...and some more, finally resting a little over ankle deep. I looked down in despair, but mustered enough enthusiasm to give it a go. I grabbed a handful of weeds around a pepper plant, and gave it a tug. The normally difficult to remove weed was now easily uprooted. However, the amount of energy I used to pull the weed far exceeded what was needed, and the excess force hurled me backwards, landing on my derriere in the deep muck.
The mud squished between my fingers as I pushed myself upright. I looked at the weeds in front of me, lying on the ground with a massive amount of precious soil still attached to their roots. There was nothing left but a crater, as the weeds had pulled the pepper plant out by proxy; it was already wilting in the summer heat. Few times in my life have I complained about the rain, but for once it is too wet to cultivate, too wet to plant, and too wet to harvest.
So, I've kept myself busy with other chores, paperwork, and such. I have held hostage by mother nature, praying for an escape. Well, it looks like I finally got my wish: 9 consecutive rain-less days are in the forecast.
At long last...the arrival of fair weather.
Wait!?! Is there any good news?!?
Tomatoes and potatoes are producing heavily and we should enjoy them until frost.
Green beans are sizing up nicely and we should have a pretty good harvest by next weeks basket. Some pickups that are later in the week may get to enjoy them this week. Cross your fingers!
'Walla Walla' Sweet onions and 'Red Candy Apple' onions have been harvested and are currently curing. Onions must be cured for a couple of weeks to make their paper and heal wounds so that they will last in storage. It also allows them to mellow somewhat and convert starches into sugar. I foresee some amazing onion rings in our future.
Tomato 'ugly's' are now available. They are perfect for working up into sauce, juice, salsa, or even sun dried tomatoes. They will be $1.50/lb. If you wish to order some, please just send us an email with the number of pounds you need and we will have them ready the same day as your basket. Remember ugly's must be worked up as soon as possible, as they spoil much quicker that usual.
Until next week...