This week on the Farm
We we put in a solid effort on our winter storage harvest (finishing our potato harvest and getting another round of onions pulled, trimmed and crated), harvested for wholesale, market, and Summer and Full Diet CSA, went to market… We did all the things. And then we went on the river.
Almost the whole crew was able to motivate for the weekend (our Farmer weekend is Friday and Saturday) and launch on Thursday evening at Trout Creek for a 2-night Deschutes trip. To leave at this time of year takes something special (like Jeremy and Zoë’s birthdays, HURRAY!) and a whole lot of effort from a lot of people. Major shout out to Alfonso, Momo and Popo, Chef, Matthew, Caroline, and Melody for holding the fort down while ALL OF THE REST OF US went boating.
Fun was had, sun was absorbed, sights were seen. We had some ducky and SUP swimmers and all the rafts had great lines. And, we had a full day of not really bad smoke. This type of coming together as a crew off Farm is one of the most special parts of Rainshadow Organics. We truly cultivate a community between all of us: employees, CSA members, everyone. It is one of the strengths of Farm and it makes the vegetables better, the animals healthier, and the whole work load 100% worth it!
And you know, when you get a group of people together who are passionate about a place and a profession, a fresh viewscape and a different activity can, in the best of moments, provide opportunities for problem solving. Which is how we found ourselves floating down the Deschutes on Friday baking in the sun discussing salad mix germination and why we have struggled with salad mix for the last few weeks. While we were wishing for shade, we decided that the salad mix probably had been too. The sun and the heat made the soil temperature too high for the seeds to germinate. New location, new insight. Bang!
What and how this will play out next season is still a topic of conversation. Salad mix is a work in progress, and we continue to question our previous approach and work towards a better, more efficient, and more effective