It seems that we can see the (sun)light at the end of the late-rainy-spring tunnel! Finally a week full of sunny days in the forecast, the ground is becoming less saturated, and our fields are slowly filling up with plants. The drier fields and roads enable us to drive our tractors and trucks around the farm…which means cultivation, transplant, and more streamlined harvests as the days warm up! We all celebrated today when we were able to get one of our farm trucks out to the farthest field for the first time this year.
We have already put some squash in the ground and are looking forward to a whole lot more soon. Tomatoes are looking happy and well-cared for, freshly pruned and trellised in their greenhouse. Basil smells like a dream. Our kales, collards, and chards are finally ready for bunching. Garlic is hanging in all its fragrant glory to cure. All of those things signal the end of spring and finally a beginning to summer here in Chimacum! The sunnier days energize all of us here on the farm, too. There are no words to describe the power of sunshine to bring everything to life, us humans and the plants too!
Speaking of sunshine, I’m reminded of the power of eating foods grown locally – far beyond sustainability. When we eat foods that are grown in the same light environment that we also live in, our bodies assimilate nutrients more efficiently. Pretty amazing! So many benefits to getting outside under the sun and connecting directly with our food. One of many reasons I love being a farmer.