The weather varies dramatically locally and that is always a surprise to me. One farmer friend, only fifteen minutes away, told me last we that he hadn’t had rain for quite a while. The fields were dry as a bone. Another farmer, slightly farther, has been getting hail and winds gusty enough to torture her plants. I will take the weather I have been getting, not that I have a choice.
The other event that has been stirring activity at the farm: The tractor broke, two weeks ago I think? I didn’t want to say anything until I had a better idea what was going on. The lever that controls a special gear which allows the tractor under half-a-mile per hour, called a creeper gear, broke at the base, which is buried in the dash. That in itself wouldn’t have been so bad, but the way it broke, the tractor wouldn’t go back into gear. So there it sat, for a week, in the field. I called in the forces- Jess at Chickadee Creek Farm, Frank and Wes, who were growing hay on the land before me, and Steve a farmer, friend, and Jess’s father. So, with all their help combined, I managed to keep my cool, and get the broken pieces out. I then took them to Steve, who welded them back together. Welding machines are so cool I didn’t realize they used current to melt the metal. I turned my back while Steve welded and GIANT sparks flew up in the air, like a most powerful sparkler!
When I went to put the part back in, it worked just fine but fit slightly differently than it had. Steve had thought of that too, and sent me off with some bailing wire to finish the job. It worked perfectly. When I told Jess, she laughed and said that was one of the qualifying events to officially becoming a farmer! I made it!! Teamwork: that is why the tractor works now. I am glad I am good at following instructions. Thanks guys!
Vegetables? Oh yes, we have those. The greens are suffering a little because of the hot July weather, don’t expect to see as much kale, chard, and lettuce as we had earlier in the season. But others are coming in strong: Slender carrots, voluptuous beets, the summer squash officially decided to join us, and sweet, mild fresh onions. Our peppers are delightful, all sweet and crunchy. We have all the ingrediengts you need to make a delicious chopped salad. No cooking so it stays cool in the house! Peppers, cukes, onions, slivers of fennel- add some olive oil, herb of choice (current favorite for EVERYTHING = Oregano) and salt and let it marinate a bit. Of course you can also add tom balsamic or red wine vinegar but I prefer mine without.
Coming in new this week: Leeks and Hot peppers! Add those to your roasted vegetable medley!!