Well, folks, I’m happy to report that as of around 4 o’clock this afternoon the power is finally back on and that the Tuesday CSA pick-up here at the farm happened as usual in spite of the two or three trees across the road further down towards Range Pond. We put signage in place at the roadblock telling people how to get around to us, and it all worked out! I was more or less correct in my Monday night share prediction, too, but a few things were different. Here’s the revised share breakdown for week #11:
2 lb bag of potatoes
2 lbs of zucchini and/or summer squash
1.25 lb bag of beans (green, wax or purple beans)
1 sweet onion
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
3 lbs of beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes
1 bulb of garlic
1/2 lb bag of green bell peppers
1 pint of husk cherries
CHOOSE ONE herb: basil, parsley, dill, or cilantro
Enjoy the veggies, everyone! Also, many, many thanks to friends and CSAers Joelle and Howie Powell for letting us borrow their generator for our final day off the grid. Howie brought the beast over yesterday afternoon, and he and I got it situated and hooked into the house’s circuit box. Sonya, Lydi, Claire, Andrew, and I were happy to have an evening with hot food and showers! Thanks, Howie!
I’ll also mention that we harvested the rest of the onions in Field 2 yesterday before pick-up. As with the garlic a few weeks ago, all the onions are pulled up, packed into bins, and moved into the barn where they are spread out on greenhouse tables to dry out for a few weeks. We use fans under the stacked tables to keep the air moving and help with the curing process. Once finished, the onions should store nicely at room temperature for several months.
The onion harvest also served as a good excuse to clean up the barn some. Three cheers for Sonya who sorted through a ton of stuff and finally put some nails in so we can hang up most of our tools!
The storm was no picnic here, but man oh man, has Vermont been hit hard. I heard a piece on NPR Tuesday morning about a farm over there that now has silt- and debris-filled greenhouses…the woman who runs the farm told of how she and her husband ran out to their barn during the storm and found the horses chest deep in river water. As challenging as the power outage here was, a lot of communities there are facing almost unimaginable levels of damage and disruption. Our thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family in the brave little state of Vermont!