I awoke this morning to the welcome sound of raindrops! What a dry, dry summer we’ve had. Of course, would have been nice if it would have held off for market day but then on the other hand, I know a little bit of wet certainly won’t keep away our loyal customers! (Hint, hint…).
Weather is such an amazingly important thing for a farmer, yet, we have ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL over it. This is a dilemma. In the spring, when you ponder your crops and make your decisions, a lot of your success (or lack of it), can be directly linked to the weather.
Last spring, when it just kept raining and raining and raining and everybody kept whining and whining and whining…Every where I went people were complaining about the weather. At ths coffee shop – “Will this rain ever stop? I’m so depressed…” At the post office – “I can’t get outside to jog, I’ve put on 5 lbs?” At the grocery store – “I think my tulip bulbs are rotting! My flowerbeds look horrible.” Yet, for 99 percent of the folks, the endless rain was really just an annoyance. It didn’t actually affect their ability to do their job or make their paycheck.
Now, for a farmer? Unseasonal or unusual weather can literally wipe out your profit for a year. Just think of the poor tomato and potato farmers in the East Coast this year? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/11/AR2009081100754.html
If your smart, you have a diverse planting scheme and so weather that affects one crop hopefully won’t bother others. But still. Loads of work down the drain (sometimes literally!). I read recently where some financial evaluation of the business of farming and they were noting how there were really, a lot more inherent risks in farming then perhaps had been previously factored in. From literally day to day decisions (do I go watch the kids piano recital OR…plant the beans on what turns out to be the last day before I can’t get into the fields for 3 weeks due to endless rainstorm…) to those “unknown” variables such as weather events. Yet, the funny thing is, most farmers I know (at least the ones that have been doing it for a long time) are the least likely one to complain about the weather. A few shrugs, a “well, it’s been an awfully wet/dry/cold/hot (insert one) year…Yep.” And you move on. Farmers are nothing, if not eternally, ridiculously optimistic!
So on that note, I’m moving on because guess what, we have LOADS of fabulous food coming to the Bayview and Coupeville markets!
From Willowood Farm
– Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes!
– Garlic, garlic, garlic!
– Winter Squash
– Summer squash
– Head Lettuce
– Turnips
– Shell Beans (probably the last hurrah on those, next stop – dry beans!)
– Cabbages
– Loads of gorgeous broccoli
– Kohlrabi
– Squash blossoms (maybe, if isn’t raining too hard when we try to pick this morning!)
And I’m also bringing seed garlic and bags of my own naturally grown small-seeded fava beans that are perfect for fall cover crop plantings!
And the fabulous sweet corn from our friends and neighbors Ebey Road Farm (organic certified to boot!).
From Prairie Bottom Farm
– Beet Bunches
– Dill (hasn’t he had THE BEST dill…)
– Winter squash!
– Summer squash
– Spinach
– Lettuce Mix
– Cucumbers – slicing and pickling styles.
– Leeks
Also, Michael from Whidbey Green Goods should be bringing some goodies as well including tomatoes, corn, some local fruits, maybe some green beans!
So, after all this, we hope we see you at the market today! Rain OR shine!
Thank you for your support.
Farmer Georgie
Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie
www.willowoodfarm.net

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