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The Delicate and Delicious Balance
By - Delia Kings Hill Farm
August is always an interesting month. The threat of the hot, dry days turning into hot, dry weeks is ever present, and although it is the last month of the meteorological summer, winding down is not on anyone's mind anytime soon. At King's Hill Farm, we only just hit the halfway point of delivering weekly boxes to our 350 CSA members, and so sowing seeds, transplanting, and hiring new fall interns are the order of the day.
It is certainly a delicious time to be enjoying the harvest. The big juicy heirloom tomatoes are in full swing, specialty melons have begun to ripen, the first new red potatoes are ready to dug up, and sweet corn, bell peppers, and tomatillos are all in our immediate future. Cold soups, salsas, salads, and slaws are the dishes we turn to when the temperature inside the farmhouse climbs into the upper eighties and while this hasn't happened too many times this summer, the weather forecast is an ever constant source of wonder and worry. Just this past Monday we were all doing rain dances, hoping our very hardest that the gathering clouds would offer some respite from the past three rainless weeks. The fields were beginning to get dusty and depressing and while we irrigate many of our crops when necessary, it can quickly become nearly impossible to get water on all seventeen acres currently in cultivation. Harvesting the new potatoes was going to be made more difficult and time consuming because huge clumps of dry dirt were sticking to all of them, the eggplant rows had taken a break from producing fruit while they waited somewhat patiently for a drink of water, and our new fall transplants were in danger of not being able to establish healthy root systems without adequate water.
Obsessively checking the radar like so many farmers in this technological age, we waited. And then, as if someone heard our pleas and liked our dance moves, thunder was heard in the distance as a big strong system barreled right towards the farm, just south ... Read More