The weather these last few months has been particularly challenging for those of us that grow food. And yes, it seems rather appropriate that it is raining, AGAIN, as I write this first post of the season. I’ve all but given up monitoring the level in the rain gauge or planning based on the projected weather forecast. Seems we went overnight from a really cold winter to summertime temps in the 90’s, but in April! Combine that with an abundance of rain in February in March and then a few weeks of no rain in April. These “swings” seem to be the new “normal” in our weather patterns – it reinforces for me the value of diversifying my crops, growing methods and fields at the farm. I am constantly reminding myself to work smarter, not harder. The crops are coming along nicely in spite of all this crazy weather. Surprisingly, the heavy downpours of late have not had a significant impact in the fields. Compare that to 5 years ago when I saw much more damage from heavy springtime rains that left a gully 4 feet wide and 3 feet deep through the center of my lower field.
Several highlights to share since last season. I was honored by the Georgia Water Coalition as one of their inaugural Clean 13 statewide recipients of good water stewards for the 6,000 gallon gravity fed rainwater irrigation system in use at the farm. On another front it seems the mineral amending I’ve been doing at the farm these last two years is paying off. Last summer I sent off several produce items I grew for plant sap testing of their mineral content and the results were exciting! Small farms that take care of their soil are growing a nutrient dense food that is truly medicine.
Two pints of strawberries in tomorrows first delivery of the season. I’ve been enjoying them on French toast, Angel Food Cake and in strawberry smoothies. I am thinking to make strawberry sorbet this weekend. These berries are really a treat and I hope you enjoy them too.
I appreciate your support this season and look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10 am until noon at the Rock House Park. Please bring a bag for your goodies.
Until next week…