Last night there was a powerful and sudden storm that centered on our neighboring town of Westwood.

Our farm had significant flooding, best noted by the 8″ piles of woodchips stacking up in some areas of our garden, having been washed out from between our raised rows.  

The most damaged crops that we can tell so far are the corn, sunflowers, lilies, and snap peas — not surprising, as these are all plants that you would expect to be damaged by heavy winds, but sad nonetheless.

We can’t yet tell what the impact to some of our other plants, like our tomatoes and cucumbers, will be.  They were displaced and sitting in standing water and the rain continues on today.  Potatoes seem to also have some damage that we’ll need to dive into to determine.

Nature is such a powerful force in farming. 

Just a few days ago, we were sharing with customers that we were having a hard time with some of our crops due to lack of rain, and our part of Massachusetts was officially in a moderate drought, as has recently happened year after year.  Then, with a single night of heavy rains, we have flooding so severe that local stores are still closed this morning trying to mop up, and our local hospital evacuated patients. 

As the rain lightens up today, we’ll be out to evaluate and salvage things.  

Thank you all for your support and well wishes, and I will communicate any changes to this week’s pre-orders if need be — so far, the main things that we have for sale all seem fine, it was mostly later-season crops that have severe damage.

The field covered in snow, with the raised rows still visible

The field covered in snow, with the raised rows still visibleToday we had the first day of snow on the little farmstead.  It’s cool that you can still see the raised rows even with the snow! Our cover crop winter rye and vetch is still green and well underneath the blanket of snow, and the garlic is tucked in beneath a heavy bed of straw.  Gonna be a little tough to get to the compost pile for the next few days!

The three ducklings in an ex-pen in the snow

We brought the ducklings outside for their first taste of snow as well.  They were only out for a few minutes, since it’s pretty chilly and they don’t have their full set of adult feathers yet to keep them warm. 

We sat out on the deck with an expen set up to prevent them from accidentally slipping through the railing of the deck.

Aurora and Cinder were pretty underwhelmed, but Buttercup gave it a good try! Seems like a good representation for how we all feel about snow and the beginning of winter.

Our Australian Shepherds Surge and Jenny playing in the snow.  Surge has a snowball in his mouth.

The dogs also got in on the action, with an impromptu lunchtime snowball fight!

Though the farm is quiet right now, the days of seed starting and soil amendments are right around the corner.

Welcome and thank you for stopping by! I’m just now creating the website, so please excuse the look of construction.  

The plan for this blog is to update a few times a week with farm happenings, produce updates, recipes, and other potentially interesting info from the farm!

In the next few weeks, all the produce we’re planning to grow will be listed, and our newsletter will be available for signup.  For now, things will be slowly appearing.