That pretty much sums up the week. There’s lots of words we can put in front of this week’s weather. Rainy, hot, sweaty, humid, stormy, thundery, dark, windy, muddy, unpredictable, soggy, vegetable growing. And of course all things we do on this farm are based on the weather. Yesterday morning, as I checked the radar at 3:00am, I saw a big storm front heading towards the farm. I checked again at 5:00 and guessed it would hit us in about 2 hours. No time to waste. I was out in the strawberry patch with a harvest crew at 5:45. The next crew arrived in the lettuce garden at 6:45. We all knew we were racing against the storm. And then the sky began to darken. The front was moving towards us from the northwest. We all stopped to watch the amazing bank of dark clouds moving rapidly overhead. The wind picked up and the rain began sheeting down. We paused for a moment and then ran! Two box trucks full of soaking wet people. We drove back to the packing shed to wait out the storm. Dry, under a roof, we bagged potatoes and salad mix and banded scallions. We headed back out as soon as the storm passed.

Barb

Wednesday, 5:45 a.m., harvesting strawberries.  (Note: The harvest just began. Everybody will get strawberries within the next couple of weeks).

Wednesday, 5:45 a.m., harvesting strawberries. (Note: The harvest just began. Everybody will get strawberries within the next couple of weeks).

7:30, Here comes the storm!

7:30, Here comes the storm!

Tonny and Jesse running to the truck with the last of the strawberries.

Tonny and Jesse running to the truck with the last of the strawberries.

1:00; the rain has stopped and we are finishing the lettuce harvest we started in the morning. Just a little muddy! Pictured are Jesse, Barb, Becky, Jonnah and Eric Perkins. Joining the Perkins clan are Elisabeth, harvest manager/crew leader; Thomas, summer help extraordinaire; and Mary, Wednesday afternoon worker share.

1:00; the rain has stopped and we are finishing the lettuce harvest we started in the morning. Just a little muddy! Pictured are Jesse, Barb, Becky, Jonnah and Eric Perkins. Joining the Perkins clan are Elisabeth, harvest manager/crew leader; Thomas, summer help extraordinaire; and Mary, Wednesday afternoon worker share.