I am writing this e-mail as a thunderstorm is rolling in over
Mecklenburg! This is great news for us, but not for Lena the farm dog,
who is terrified of thunder and is sitting under my chair and follows
my every step as if I am some sort of lightning rod that will keep her
safe if she is never more than 18 inches away. It's kind of annoying
but we love her anyway.
Just a bit of news I thought you all might find
interesting/distressing and relevant to our current farming situation
here in the Finger Lakes:
"The report released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday says that July 2012 surpassed the
previous record hottest month set in July 1936. That year was during
the middle of the very dry and hot Dust Bowl era. Senior Meteorologist
Stu Ostro (Twitter) says, "Exceeding July 1936 at the peak of the Dust
Bowl heat -- is BIG."
This is something we totally did not expect when we started to plan
for this year. The hottest year on record EVER! However, we think our
shares have been large and bountiful and relatively varied, and with
the exception of a few crop failures we've had much of what we said we
would! And this is our first year with such a big CSA membership!
So please take that into account, because if this drought continues
any longer we .... wait, wait, that's rain on the roof. Anyways, what
I meant to say is that the drought/heat has severely impacted our
summer/fall crops, regardless of any rain we may be getting right now.
So I thought we would stress that.
We are doing the best we can in extraordinary circumstances..... half
the nation's corn crop is gone! It's that bad. Other local farmers are
tilling in their fall broccoli and cabbage, because it is so pest
damaged. We will not have kale this week because the flea beetles have
marauded through our fields and we need to give it time to regrow...
However . . . we have TONS of tomatoes for you today! And for Monday
pickup folks. and peppers and onions and basil .... the list goes on!
We don't want to be too doom and gloom because in reality we still
have more than enough food to feed you all. Just a heads up that this
has been one hum-dinger of a year for farmers.
A few announcements: if you haven't gotten all your payments in, the
deadline for all CSA payments is the first week of September! Please
contact us if that won't work for you.
Also, we will be processing our chickens next week and they will be
available for those who reserved them in our cooler on the farm on
Thursday and Friday. Please bring a check with you or cash and we will
let you know how much each of your birds ended up weighing. There will
be another reminder e-mail as well.
Finally, a recipe: one of our members Emma K. writes a blog about food
and she has a great post about making sauerkraut, and also all kinds
of other tasty veggie-centric dishes. Check it out at the link below:
In your shares this week:
tomatoes (six heirloom and hybrid varieties: Juliet mini-Romas, Rose
de Berne plums, Cherokee Purples, Pink Brandywines, Pineapple
Bi-colors and Bobcat Beefsteaks)
See you at distribution!
Aaron and Kara