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Rain, Rain Go Away

August 30, 2011

Well, Irene certainly left her mark, didn’t she? We hope that everyone is safe and sound after Sunday’s walloping of a storm.

Looking around today the weather is gorgeous and it’s almost hard to believe we had a storm rip through here a few short days ago. Only the flattened corn stalks, tousled crops and boot-sticking mud remind us that Irene came for an unwelcome visit. Our greenhouse weather station recorded that we had a 22 mph wind average over a 50 minute period with gusts of about 50 mph. We had the foresight to take some “before” pictures of our fields in order to accurately compare them to the “after” pictures we just took today. You can see exactly how the storm has affected our crops.

Overall, we’re grateful that the damage wasn’t worse – and it could have been a lot worse. So we’ll adapt as we’ve always done and still provide you with delicious homegrown produce day after day. Our corn is recovering nicely and starting to stand up a bit. Our yield will be down slightly and it will be incredibly hard for the field crew to pick, doubling the time it normally takes to pick the day’s corn.

We’re optimistic for the future of the season and incredibly happy that it’ll be sunny this week to dry out the saturated soil!

Another big concern of ours was how the orchards fared. So, we talked to Bill from Sunnycrest Orchards where we get our tasty peaches and tons of apples throughout the fall. Bill told us that he lost some trees to the storm but in general the orchard was in “good shape”. Phew!

This week’s forecast looks fabulous leading up to Labor Day Weekend. Now is the time to start planning your Labor Day menus and collecting the veggies and fruit you need! We will be open for the entirety of Labor Day Weekend, too! Saturday, Sunday AND Monday we will be open from 9am until 6pm!

If you  need inspiration for recipes over the holiday weekend, visit our freshly-updated Recipes page by clicking on the link in the right menu! All of the Customer Cooking Contest recipes are up there, complete with pictures for you to drool over!

Ooh, and I just got word that the field crew just brought in the first pick of fall Broccoli! Talk about breaking news!

Best of luck in your yard clean-up efforts, and we hope to see you down here this week!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    September 1, 2011 10:13 am

    Glad to hear the storm didn’t do too much damage. Speaking of the apple orchard, when do you expect the first crop of honeycrisp apples? I wait all year for those to arrive….

  2. Teri permalink*
    September 1, 2011 3:19 pm

    Hi Amy, thanks for commenting!
    Honeycrisp usually come in around the 2nd or 3rd week of September. We haven’t heard yet if that date has changed due to the storm, so keep checking in! I can’t wait for them to get here either!!!
    Thanks again!

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