Dear Farm Friends;
The Storm: This is the hardest letter I have had to write in a very long time. It breaks my heart to inform you that Friday night we not only received a hail storm, but two hail storms within four hours of each other. The first one showed up around 7:30 and consisted of hailstones from nickel size to golf ball size. The storm lasted approximately 15 minutes. We have to replace five truck windows and two skylights in the house. Every vehicle we own has hail damage. We watched the storm from the house. Every large hailstone that hit the barn looked like a small explosion. The sound was absolutely terrifying! It’s incredible that something that large can stay up in those clouds! We immediately could smell the strong sent of onions. It continued to rain for another half hour. Water drains from the south end of the farm to the north and it looked like a river was running through it; so much so, we could not go out and look at the damage. All we could do was go to bed. The thundering and pounding of the second storm awoke us at 11:30. This storm carried pea size to quarter size hail and it also lasted 15 minutes with rain for another half hour. We couldn’t imagine what the farm was going to look like or what might survive these storms. But the farm is resilient. You will be surprised what we will find alive and thriving!
Trucks were loaded for farmers markets, so the next morning it was decided to go ahead and go. Jerry stayed behind to search the farm for survivors and damage. When I got home we went out again so I could see what happened and to take pictures. (We sent pictures to Alaina and she has posted them to Facebook.) It looks like the east side of the farm got it way worse than the west side. Now we just have to wait and see what happens. It will be a few days before we will know what will continue to grow and what will completely die. Until then, we will glean the fields for food. We saw that some tomatoes and peppers tucked under the plants have survived, so we will see what happens to them. It also looks like some eggplant and corn may have survived too. Cucumbers and melons are gone so I am so glad we gave you more than normal of those while we had them. (But we have a surprise….we picked watermelon, cucumbers and squash before the storm and you will be getting them this week.)
Our immediate plans are to plant things that grow quickly such as peas, fennel, lettuce, radishes, turnips and kale and hopefully they will be on by the first week of Oct. Until then, we have to make do with whatever survived the storms.
This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, watermelon and hopefully, each of you will get a tomato.
Fruit: You will be getting peaches from Rancho Durazno.
Notice: I am in need for someone to set up and monitor a Survey Monkey survey. We need to reach out to those of you who have already paid for and those of you who intended to purchase a Winter Share. Please call me about setting this up because I don’t have a clue (or the internet know-how) to do so!
Being a part of a CSA is one of the most important things you can do to reassure yourselves the farm will be there to grow and provide food for the future. Without your support during these horrific times, we would not survive. Start-up costs are high and your deposits help us pay these expenses and borrow less money. Your mid – season payments allowed us to pay off that borrowed money. The support we get from you for the rest of the year will keep us going by paying those never ending, forever continuing expenses! We love receiving your notes and look forward to reading them. Thank you so much for being the greatest members a CSA farm can have! We appreciate you!! Jacquie&Jerry