Spring rain; a necessary inconvenience

So, as it has been raining, the proclaimed drought we’ve been under appears to be on the wain.  Though that is a good thing for so many reasons, the cold wet weather delays planting, allows grass to grow tall and weeds to take root where vegetables should be.  Yet another catch-22 that nature seems to serve up on a regular basis to a farmer.  We farmers pray for rain, but it must be the right kind and at the right time and when we need it most.  When we get it, it’s more than often a torrential storm that washes topsoil and comes with a cold front that stunts growth to new tender annuals, while giving naturally-occurring perennials (a.k.a., weeds) just what they need to thrive.  So, we do other things like clean chicken houses, plant trees, mulch beds, and ready ourselves in every way possible for that moment the soil is dry enough to work and the grass is able to be cut back.  For now, we are losing ground.  Nature waits for no one, but we have no choice.  Ours is a tricky position.  The farmer must commune with and embrace nature, but we are in a timeless battle with it at every turn.  We wait for nature to allow us to proceed, and when it does, we must double and triple our efforts to take advantage of the minimal time allotted for an endless list of tasks.  Most of all, this circumstance allows me to think too much about nature and agriculture and how at the same time nature is a necessity and an inconvenience to the pursuit of growing food.  But I digress…

This week at the market: asparagus, radishes, greens, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, chives, eggs, chicken.

See you there!

~Eric

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About saltforkfarms

A small organic farm in Iowa that raises Standard Breed laying hens and hybrid broiler chickens suited for a pasture-based system, as well as varieties of vegetables and fruit suitable to our Eastern Iowa climate. We grow food, we eat food, we sell food!
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