Monday, August 29, 2011


Greetings all!
Well the good news is that all are well at the farm and there hasn't been too much damage and we are all trying to get back to normal. We are still currently without power but we can't see how that will have too much effect on the CSA shares this week. Of course we won't have refridgeration in the cold room but that shouldn't be too much of an issue as we have had nice cool nights. Anyhow, we are lucky that the sun came out and the flood waters receeded because Sunday was quite a day.
During heavy rains we are often locally flooded especially on the farm road. Dan knew Sunday morning that chances were good that the main road would be flooded as well. He drove off to milk the cow. ( I think most of you know by now that we live about a mile away from the farm, or about 6 miles when our little farm road is flooded.) As he drove he witnessed waters rising and new he only had a limited amount of time to milk and do the chores before the road would be impassable in all directions - north, south, east and west. After milking he noticed that the brook on the southern edge of the farm was flooding the southwestern most corner - tomatoes, eggplants and peppers were all under about 2 feet of water. Even more dire, was the fact our two pigs also live in this area of the farm. Dan went out to them with the tractor and found them up to their chests in water. He cut open their fencing and let them out, leading them to higher ground with fresh food and milk. Without an alternative pen for them and knowing the water on the road was rising with every minute he decided they would be fine on the loose and stick close to the barn.
He got in the truck and headed for home. Alas, it was too late and the road was impassable. What to do? Well he went back to the farm and parked the truck and headed out on foot. He crossed a small bridge on the south of the farm and headed into the woods. Dan was able to bushwack through the woods, crossing a small (thigh high) stream to come out through our neighbor's property. Needless to say they were a little surprised to see Dan in full rain gear emerging from their back pasture.
It sounds like a little bit of a harrowing adventure, doesn't it? Well Dan is just the sort to throw himself in to the moment and do what needs done with a hearty sense of adventure. Later, in dry clothes, he took Beatrice and the pup out exploring.
This morning all was back to work as normal at the farm. The piggies were huddled in the barn. The farm crew all showed up on time ready to go to it. So here we go again for another CSA harvest.... Since I'm not home right now and Dan and I are in scatttered directions I can't give you the exact harvest but it will probably include beets, carrots, potatoes, leeks, onions, kale, peppers, tomatoes...
We hope all of you have weathered the storm without too much damage.
Have a good week!

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