The storm did some damage – a number of tomato plants were lost due to flooding, as well as the brussels sprouts, lettuce and part of the scallions.  By Monday morning there was almost 2 feet of water in the greenhouse and the lowest point of the field was still flooded.  The strong winds knocked down large sections of the cherry tomatoes, but we were able to get them back up and they have recovered since.  Luckily, no trees in the buffer to the field’s Western edge were knocked over, which could have destroyed large sections of plantings.  Between Irene’s damage and this current storm, we’ve been set back by a few weeks.  This means that I’ve been unable to prepare beds and plant fall crops when I needed to – last week I had a two day window to plant and I successfully seeded lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes, but several other crops won’t be planted until the end of this week at the earliest.  Some say that all these storms will mean a late frost this fall – if that’s the case, we should have an OK harvest at the end of the season, but seeding crops later than the ideal dates is still risky.

Despite the frustration caused by mother nature’s wrath these past few weeks, I’m still a pretty fortunate little farmer.  As many of you may know, farmers throughout southern NJ, upstate NY, LI and VT lost their entire crops – essentially ending the season for many CSAs throughout the northeast.   The most unfortunate part is that this storm was a glimpse of the future.

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