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CSA – Week #5

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Here we are heading into Week #5 already – and for those that were in the area (and it wasn’t very wide spread) we had an awful storm come thru here Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m. It started out with thunder – lots of it and very loud – then the driving rain – I was laying in bed thinking how my alarm was going to go off at 3:45 a.m. to get up and ready to go to the East Aurora Farmers market.  Paul was already up because when we get storms like that he will pace and keep looking out the window.  Then the hail started hitting the window – oh no – hail is a 4 letter word to Farmer – so now I am lying there thinking how bad this was and saying that prayer that it would stop soon!  It didn’t – now you start thinking about all the crops it could damage – the newly forming tomatoes on the plants, the sweet corn, the damage it will do in the zucchini and summer squash – you just keep waiting for it to stop – what is only seconds seems like forever!!  After you think about what crops are going to be damaged you start to think about the markets we go to, the grocery stores we supply, our CSA members – then you start thinking about what if it wrecks lots of crops – how will we pay our bills with no products – it’s crazy all the thoughts that fly thru your head!
It did eventually stop – I was actually thinking that maybe it wasn’t hail because you didn’t see the whiteness on the ground – that maybe it was just big raindrops – but Paul had to go out with his flashlight and try to see what damage might have been done.
The first thing he saw was the huge Boxelder tree that was uprooted and knocked over – missing our garage and my brother’s truck that was parked near by……….
 
Of course by this time, there was no going back to bed – so yesterday was a long day!  We were able to see much more when we came home from market – the funny thing is that the East side of the farm didn’t get hit as bad as the West side of the farm.  We noticed only small dimples in the zucchini, but shredded leaves in the tomatoes.  Some of the sweet corn was knocked over to a 45 degree angle – and the cucumbers and pickles got beat up as well – but overall – we should salvage quite a bit – the tomatoes and cukes might be later to harvest but not to have everything destroyed in a matter of minutes was a blessing to us!  It every farmers worst nightmare – you hate to hear of any farm getting hit with hail, we were very fortunate that this didn’t happen in the middle of August when the tomatoes were ready to harvest and all the pumpkins and winter squash were full size and still growing!  We always joke that we don’t have to go to Vegas to gamble – we just walk out our back door!  We were very fortunate this time and we are really hoping there is no next time this year!!
So, never a dull moment here on the farm that is for sure!!  This week full shares will receive 6 tickets and half shares will receive 3 tickets.
Available this week will be……………………
***new this week*** Cabbage
Swiss Chard
Fresh pulled garlic
Zucchini
Yellow Zucchini
Summer Squash
Letttuce
Garlic Scapes
Potatoes
Spinach
Kohlrabi
Herbs – I have a little bit of everything and I will have an assortment out this week.
I still have a few hanging baskets and flowers that will also be at the same price as last week too – $10 for any hanging basket and all 4″ pots of flowers will be $1!!  Make some more room in your gardens to throw in some more plants!!
Of course on these hot days there is only one way to cool off……
Lacee (a.k.a. Yacee as little Addy likes to call her) loves a good swim in the pond – she probably goes in at least 3 or 4 times (if not more) a day!!
Hope everyone has a great week – and I will see you on either Tuesday or Thursday from 2-6!
Gail

 

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