When you go to work outside every day, it’s understood and expected that every day will be a bit different, weather-wise. But…I did not expect to wake up Wednesday morning to see that our entire wetland had become a lake and the road to our field was now a river. I grabbed my tea and drove up the road expecting to see the water over the bridge, but instead I saw that the wetland was channeling water over Hwy F and up Cedar Hill Lane. I stood there watching water rushing over the road, not sure how deep it was.  As I stood there in total awe, our Cambodian crew came driving up the road on their way to work and without hesitation drove through the river. I watched their van, filled with eight people get pushed sideways with the force of the water but they made it. Then we all stood there looking at the phenomena. I talked with the neighbor, who was born and raised here, and he had never seen this happen. The county came and officially closed the road sometime mid-morning. We needed to get through to harvest broccoli. We waited until after lunch. The water had receded enough to see the lines in the road, so we knew the road wasn’t washed out. And then off to harvest broccoli.

Our fields were not negatively affected by the 3.5 inches of rain. Yes, they were very wet, but there was no standing water except in a small area of one field. I love our wetland. The water knows to go there. And the wetland knows what to do with it. As I write this exactly 24 hours later, the water has totally receded. No more lake or river. It was pretty exciting. Not just another day on the farm.

Barb

The water is flowing over Hwy F and using Cedar Hill Lane as a river route. Cedar Hill is the road we drive down to access 13 acres of vegetable fields. It’s the road you drive down to go to the Pumpkin Pick.

The water is flowing over Hwy F and using Cedar Hill Lane as a river route. Cedar Hill is the road we drive down to access 13 acres of vegetable fields. It’s the road you drive down to go to the Pumpkin Pick.

This is our marsh which never has standing water. Yesterday it looked like Lake Vermont.

This is our marsh which never has standing water. Yesterday it looked like Lake Vermont.

Peeking at the new Lake Vermont from the greenhouse.

Peeking at the new Lake Vermont from the greenhouse.

On the way to harvest broccoli.

On the way to harvest broccoli.

The broccoli fields were high and dry.

The broccoli fields were high and dry.

Lettuce head harvest on Tuesday, before the rains.

Lettuce head harvest on Tuesday, before the rains.

Scallion harvest. Notice the fence, it’s to keep deer out of the lettuce.

Scallion harvest. Notice the fence, it’s to keep deer out of the lettuce.