The heat index got over 100 degrees yesterday — which we humans didn’t enjoy, but the plants were happy for a day without rain! Although we had four blessedly rain-free days, the past three weeks brought us over 10 inches, which we most definitely did not need! Many of the vegetables are showing signs of stress and some are even succumbing to the unremittingly wet conditions. Vegetable plants take in oxygen through their roots, and with almost three weeks of constant waterlogged soil, many of the smaller roots of our plants have died, leaving them vulnerable and weak. The constantly wet leaves have also been a prime breeding ground for fungal and bacterial diseases as well, which has affected our carrots (rotted in the ground), tomatoes (leaves and vines dying from fungus), and garlic (outer wrapper leaves rotting, instead of drying up into tight white wrappers) Fortunately, we have quite a bit of covered growing, in our greenhouses, high tunnels, and caterpillar tunnels, which has protected at least some of our crops from the extreme wetness. Also, with scores of different crops, and many micro-climates in our fields, we are more resilient than industrial farms. And so we continue working hard, doing everything we can to get great food to you even when Nature makes that difficult. Even in adverse conditions, we consider ourselves blessed to be your farmers.
Thanks, Farmer Curtis
What’s in your Share:
Peaches from Bader Farms (conventionally grown)
Greek Olive Bread
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