Yesterday was our first rainy harvest of the season. We really couldn’t complain when we’ve had a summer of nothing but sun-filled days. It was a nice break from the heat, the plants were getting a big drink, and we had the biggest harvest team we’ve had all season. Piece of cake!
The rain was not an issue with Stacey Swan, here washing leeks for Monday’s shares. A dance instructor who is visiting from San Francisco, she volunteered to help us with the harvest.
Mike and Marcia bundled rainbow chard.
Our washing station is a haphazard assemblage of make-do equipment, including an ill-fitting but festive bright purple canopy donated by Dave Sanderson. It looks funny because it is made for a bigger tent. The original canopy fell victim to a gust of wind that tumbled the tent in July. Shows why you need tent weights! An old sink we found under the shed works really well for rinsing, and three door screens serve as drying tables. Add a long hose and spray nozzle snaked down from the barn, and we are good to go!
Richie calls these his “jorts” — the ultimate in summer harvesting comfort wear. This pair of jeans started the season as full-length pants, cut down and progressively shrinking to ever smaller dimensions. We can’t wait to see how far they will go by the end of the summer!
Meanwhile, Ross gathered flowers to make beautiful bouquets for our flower share customers.
…while Acacia picked a ton of cherry and plum tomatoes.
A soaking wet Maggie brought in a load of heirloom tomatoes.
After the harvest, we were treated to an impromptu concert in the barn by Rich and Stacey.
Hit it Stacey!
After setting up the barn for the CSA pickups, the group posed for a portrait. Great work guys!