The farm crew hunkered down in the farmhouse basement after work on Monday to wait out the tornado warning, but luckily no tornado hit the farm. We have been very fortunate during this period of extreme weather. We’ve had no heavy winds, although there has been destruction quite near. We have gotten plenty of rain, but not more than we can handle. Most of the vegetables appreciate lots of water and we actually needed the 1 inch of rain we got on Monday night. Tuesday morning was a bit wet in the fields but we did what we had to do to get the crops harvested. The hail missed us last Wednesday, although we could see the dark clouds dumping the golf ball sized ice balls but a few miles up the road. The weather gods have been shining on us and your vegetables have not had to experience high winds, hail or floods.

Tuesday morning lettuce harvest. The lettuce garden is pretty muddy.

Tuesday morning lettuce harvest. The lettuce garden is pretty muddy.

Walking the lettuce out of the muddy field.

Walking the lettuce out of the muddy field.

All of the lettuce and muddy crates are tucked into the truck. Now we can go back to the packing shed and start washing.

All of the lettuce and muddy crates are tucked into the truck. Now we can go back to the packing shed and start washing.

Washing lettuce heads. Spraying the root end of the head is the first step. Then the heads are dipped into a tub of water.

Washing lettuce heads. Spraying the root end of the head is the first step. Then the heads are dipped into a tub of water.

Dipping the crate with six lettuce heads into a tub of water is the second step in the lettuce head washing process.

Dipping the crate with six lettuce heads into a tub of water is the second step in the lettuce head washing process.