The last seven days were a rough week on the farm, starting off with five minutes of devastating hail last Sunday and ending with 4.5 inches of rain in 24 hours on Saturday. Let's all think sunny, warm thoughts for the weeks to come, New York farmers (and everyone else!) surely need it!
We are surviving, thank you to all who called and emailed. We will be short on veggies at market for the next 4 to 6 weeks, but should have plenty for our CSA boxes, though it might be a different mix than we planned for. Many crops are perking back up and we have a greenhouse full of new transplants germinating. When (if?) it stops raining, we are ready to jump into replanting. Our big concern on the farm right now is that all this rain combined with hail damage is a recipe for plant diseases--again, please think dry thoughts!
Frankly, we have a lot of thoughts about the weather this summer, but aren't in the a place yet to put them into words--I honestly can't describe what it felt like to see 20 years of hard work collapse under 5 minutes of precipitation. I still feel sick when I'm out in the fields. Let's all hope for a sunny and dry July through October for the state, your farmers need it!
...and now here's some photos of what serious hail can do in the fields (these are not happy photos, so you might want to skip them if vegetable massacres make you sad)...
Right now, we think that we can keep on trucking if we get several 5 day or longer breaks in the rain (okay, we'd even settle for 4 days!), so think dry thoughts!
Here's a few shots of the rain from Friday to Saturday afternoon (4.5 inches in total)... (The crazy thing here is that we are around 1480 feet in elevation, with only 100 feet or so above us, so you know when rivers start flowing over our road with so little above us in the watershed, it is going to get really crazy downstream--we hope you all and your houses stayed dry!