Flooding - bad for the gardener, worse for the farmer
Weather has not been nice for vegetable growers this year. First, the temperatures rose so quickly in early spring that many greens bolted and bittered far before their time. Now tens of inches of rain are flooding fields. The lack of sunlight leaves fruits unripened and rotting. Those of us who don't use pesticides are inundated with weeds. I have remarked more than once recently that I am glad I'm not a farmer. I feel anxious about my own harvest but I know I can always buy what I need if my vegetables don't turn out. Farmers do not have such a luxury: when their crops fail, their whole livelihood suffers.
The Wayward Seed farmers faced reality yesterday and suspended vegetable CSA shares for at least one week. In an email to shareholders, Jaime Moore wrote "Quality and service are of the utmost importance to us, and we will work tirelessly until we are able to once again resume delivery of vegetables to our members. We would rather suspend shares in the short term than give you anything that does not meet our standards of cleanliness and quality." Jaime invited CSA participants to own their share and help weed the fields.
Though I only purchase a fruit share from Wayward Seed, I want to see their fields thrive. I will be volunteering my time this Thursday morning. I plan to be at the farm in London at 10 am. If you can spare some time, please join me!