If you enjoyed our sweet corn last week, we have another round ready to go for this weekend. It’s a reliable white variety that we’re very fond of. I sampled a few ears last night, and it is beautiful. We’re looking forward to sharing it with you all this weekend.
Out in the fields, the dry weather continues, thank goodness. While this means hours of irrigation work, we can control the water we apply through irrigation and then enjoy the results of work well done. To take care of all our crops, there are five people on the crew dedicated to irrigation. Seth, JenR, Matt, Judith, and Burch all schedule their other responsibilities around making sure our 40+ crops get optimal water. Great watering goes a long way to great veggies.
Storytime: If you’ve ever visited a working farm, you may have noticed an area holding all kinds of miscellaneous old tools, engines, metal parts, scrap materials, and who knows what. Farmers can be notoriously reluctant to get rid of anything, no matter how small, because it might be useful someday. Growing up on a small farm, I would hear my father’s lament a shortly after Town Cleanup Day, “I held onto that thing for ten years, we sent it to The Cleanup last week, and it would be perfect to fix this.” I’ve been in the same spot, but last week things worked out the other way.
Sometime in the distant past… about 8 years ago, we accidentally ordered the wrong part for an irrigation pump. It was too much work to send back, so it stayed on the irrigation shelf. Each year I would explain to the new irrigation apprentices that we had no use for it, and there it sat another year. Well, a couple weeks ago, the priming pump on our big, new irrigation pump broke. It’s a different style from all our other priming pumps. I didn’t think we had a replacement on hand. Without priming, we cannot get water to the irrigation pump nor to the plants. With bright hot weather, even a day’s delay of the irrigation can stress the plants. Before I got too stressed, Seth thought that old piece we had sitting on the shelf might be the same. He tried it out, it fit, and it worked! Hooray! All those years of waiting ignored on the shelf, and that one little part saved the day and the veggies. Later that afternoon, Seth ordered a new spare to sit on the shelf until needed. The End