News from the Farm
As I sit down to write the weekly email, I often peruse the email I wrote the couple weeks or so before. Consistently, I feel like whatever I wrote 2 weeks ago is even more true now. That doesn’t mean that it was untrue in the past at all, it really just shows how cyclical seasons, summer, farming, tasks, well, life in general is. Long ago there was a soap opera called “As the World Turns” (it might still be on, I would have no idea), and while I have never actually seen the show, I feel like the title can be morphed to fit whatever you need. Around here, let’s just say “As the Wheel Line Turns” or “As the Seasons Change” or ….
I know we talked heat 2 weeks ago, but it is well and truly here. Probably for a couple weeks. (Hopefully just that, hopefully not as bad as the forecast is indicating). This means that all of us have to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our things a bit more over the next couple weeks. I heard on the radio the other day that heat is the most deadly killer of all the other weather phenomena combined. Let’s not have that team!
What the heat means for the farm is early starts and attentiveness. In order to beat the heat, and both take care of ourselves and harvest our vegetables in their prime at their highest quality, our farmers will be working from 5am to 2pm. After 2pm you can find them in the shade by the pond or at an air conditioner somewhere staying cool and taking care of themselves. Even while “off” and resting in the shade, we will be doing rounds, checking on plants and irrigation and all the animals.
Our animals will enjoy lots of water, good quality food, and SHADE. And, this is my personal favorite part of the summer, the pigs will get multiple daily hose baths to cool down and frolic.