We had a pretty severe hailstorm come through the farm last Tuesday afternoon. None of us were there for the storm even — some had a day off and a few were coming back from market. A neighbor and CSA member came by to tell us about it. We went down to the field and were pretty devastated by the damage. We had 8 beautiful beds of spinach ready to go to wholesale markets, farmers’ markets, the CSA and the Siskiyou CSA. All of it looked like it had gone through a blender. We lost all of our chard, head lettuce, and salad mix along with kale. Most of this will grow back, of course. We spent the next day picking down all the chard, knife cutting the salad greens and spinach and pulling off bad leaves from the kale. We should be back in business with our greens again in another week, but needless to say, we had a pretty hard week recovering from the damage and assessing the economic loss.
On Saturday, Josh spent most of the day on the tractor at the leased two acres preparing the rest of the blocks for planting. Things are doing so well there! We are amazed at the difference in growth in plants between our two properties. The leased acreage down on Hwy 238 gets full sun exposure for 12 hours or more per day. Plants love it. And, our water is very secure there and the soil is beautiful. Beans are looking good and growing quickly as well as basil, carrots, beets, parsnips, winter squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and summer squash. Wow! It really does feel like the growing season is kicking in a bit despite the freak hail last week. Our leased property did not get hit by the hail, which was a relief. Our tomatoes are all under cover so those faired well too. It was really the mature, tender greens that took the worst beating. But, diversity is stability and we still have a lot of produce to bring to markets and CSA and our spirits are back up after working through the losses. We’ve had a tough spring, but the solstice is approaching and we’re back on track. Here are some pictures of the aftermath of the storm as well as some other updates.