This is getting a bit old; all this talk of rain, rain, rain. We knew it was going to rain all day Monday, and we simply can’t take a day off from harvest, or it won’t all get done so we came up with a plan. The leek beds were right next to one of our hoophouses. If we could harvest the leeks, we could bring them into the hoophouse and clean them. If… David wasn’t sure if he could get the undercutter, which is pulled behind the tractor, through the mud to lift the leeks but he did! For the harvesters it meant dodging the torrential downpours and avoiding being out in thunder and lightening, which seemed to go on for 24 hours with minuscule breaks. The sound of the rain beating on the plastic structure blocked out all other sound, so we worked in silence. We spent all morning and half of the afternoon at this daunting task, but finished. Then, as we were cleaning up, someone looked out the door and said, “A river!” The water was cascading over the driveway and rushing the entire length of our field. Whoa! But the path of the water did not run through any crops. There’s always a silver lining.

Barb

Leek harvest in the rain.

Ryna hauling leeks to the hoophouse.

A river formed while we were cleaning leeks.

Cleaning leeks in the ‘dry’ hoophouse. Notice none of us took our rain gear off all day.

View from the door of the hoophouse. We are looking towards the crops we will be harvesting the next day, no matter what! And we did.

Wednesday morning collard harvest. No rain, just mud to walk through.

A pallet on the tractor was loaded with crates of leeks. The tractor is the only vehicle that will be able to make it through the fields for the rest of the season. If any other vehicles tries, it will get stuck (I know!).