Rain! Rain! Rain! Week #8

What a difference a week makes! Since the last newsletter (sorry for the bogus link last week) we’ve had 3, count them 3!, inches of rain! I can’t believe it. Plus, each rain has mostly been a gentle rain, slowly accumulating over time, which is perfect! No downpours for me, thank you very much. Even this morning was a gentle rain. It definitely looked ominous. As I drove to the farm the sky was black, and not because it was so early in the morning. We were braced for a huge storm to break. We even had a discussion on where we were going to run for shelter if the storm got too crazy. Well, I guess it’s always good to be prepared. Instead we spent half the morning in the greenhouse sorting through garlic (!) and seeding lettuce. Then we ventured outside since the skies were no longer threatening disaster and spent the rest of the day out in the fields and at the washing station getting things ready for the CSA box and the farmers markets. Despite the ominous clouds it was a very calm day. You just never know what to expect on the farm!

Now you may be wondering how does all this rain affect the farm and the drought? My answer, it’s a mixed bag. All this moisture is definitely soaking in and thankfully there isn’t much run off. There isn’t even any standing water in the fields, which is perfect. The rain will definitely help the crops that are already growing. It’s been such a relief to have to move irrigation around and decide what gets water and what doesn’t. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, there is already drought and heat damage that this rain can’t undo. I’ve lost about three seedings of crops such as turnips, beets, salad mix, greens and carrots already. They just never germinated. I think the soil temperature must have been too hot and I just couldn’t water enough to give them the moisture they needed to grow. It’s not a death knell for the season, but it is terribly frustrating. My heart goes out to the farmers who only grow a couple of crops that take the whole season to grow, like soybeans and corn. The farmers only get one shot at growing those crops each year. So in a year like this many farmers aren’t going to get a crop. The corn and soybeans aren’t as tall as they should be and predictions cite a 10% yield on such crops. Some farmers have already started to till in the crops, not waiting for the ears of corn, but chopping it up for to feed livestock the silage (chopped up cornstalks). All I can say is, it’s tough being a farmer, no matter what you grow.

On a happier note, the box is full of goodies. This week we’re putting in the first of the garlic! Enjoy!

What’s In the Box:

Red Potatoes- another helping of these wonderful potatoes

Cipollini Onions– a sweet Italian onion that is great in any dish

Carrots– they may be funny shaped, but these carrots are full of flavor!

Cucumber

Eggplant– this week we have an Italian globe eggplant. They are great in eggplant parmigiana or grilling.

Gold Beets-another bunch of these great tasting beets! These I think are my favorite.

Dill– this refreshing herb will go well with the cucumbers!

Garlic– the first garlic of the year! enjoy these wonderful bulbs!

Recipes:

Eggplant Parmigiana– from foodnetwork.com

Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Goat Cheese– from allrecipes.com

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze– from simplyrecipes.com

Roasted Carrots– from foodnetwork.com

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