Rainy days

Farming is a continual dance with the weather.  We want the rain, then we can’t get in the fields to plant.  We want warm weather, then it dries out our plants.  As this Spring steps closer to Summer, our fields are full of indecisive plants, hesitant to make their first move.  They are alive and well, but unsure of whether or not its safe to launch into full maturity.  Instead, they seem to be playing it safe until all risk of frost has passed and the days are more inviting.  Each morning, we like to do a field walk to check-out progress and sometimes we’ll be surprised to find something has sprouted or sometimes its just reassuring to see the transplants strong in their colorful shades of mostly green (at this time of year).  We shrug our shoulders, look up at the sky, and have faith the right conditions will come at the right time.

In the meantime, we have been keeping ourselves busy in the greenhouse tending to our tomato/pepper forest (they have exploded in height in the greenhouses) while watching the cucumbers and summer squash show their true-leaves, and most recently the sweet corn poke up through the potting media.  Our second round of spring transplants are on deck waiting for dry days to work the ground and get transplanted.  These include another round of broccoli and cabbages as well as onions, chives, lettuces, and other herbs.

So amidst our control in the greenhouse environment, we are humbled by looking at the weather report (which calls for a chance of rain all week) and have to remember that the dance of growing food continues, one day into the next.

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.  Henry David Thoreau

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