And we got an inch of rain out of the deal too! Even the shrubs drooping were aching for a sip, their leaves looking like green cloth draped over a wire. It certainly was needed.
On the farm we are moving ahead despite delays. Weeding, tractor prep work, and planting. I pulled 5 delicious cherry tomatoes off our our plants this thus far, and I see many more on the way. It seems our attempts to reduce deer presence may be working? Longer observation required to be sure. Even though our tomatoes won't be ready this Saturday, we will be bringing some on the next. Lucky us, our friends at Chickadee Creek have some to spare which we will be picking and bringing to you. We will also be bridging the beginning of the pepper and eggplant season with Chickadee Creeks supply.
Not all the wildlife at the farm tortures us like the deer though. I have really been appreciated the barn swallows lately, with their streamlined forked-tails, sparkling blue backs, and creamy underbellies. I love to watch them darting about over our field like stunt pilots. They eat mostly flies, among a variety of other insects, which is likely why they have such a daring flight pattern, turning on a dime, boldly dipping to just above the ground, snatching insects from the air at daring velocity. I was delighted to learn they also drink while flying, dipping their bills into water as they skim over top. Their diet is one of the reasons I love them so much, they are part of our team. But they don't need to work for me to love them. Just for being creatures living their lives.
This site HERE has lots of amazing pictures and information about barn swallows. They even managed to capture a pictures of a swallow scooping water mid-flight!
Basil- May be the last week
Beans-Limited until the next planting arrives!
Beets- Loose and bunched
Blueberries- Last week; limited
Melon- Succulent pocket melon!