It rained and they say more is coming. Tom is relieved … so am I. It came softly and the clouds moved in and so most of it is soaking in. We still need more but this was as close to a perfect rain as it probably gets. For now the stress over our fall crops has subsided.
The last few days have been busy. Wednesday and Thursday was spent making deliveries and on my way home Thursday I bought a whicker desk from a customer having a moving sale. Livie is starting kindergarten this fall and I thought it was a perfect gift. She had a small one and she gave it to Autie. Livie has filled the drawer with crayons and paper and moved her lamp to the desk. She has a place to work on her drawings and in time her homework. She is very smart and I want her to WANT to do well. Her life path is her own, but experience has taught me very well you never really know when you will need to reinvent yourself. A solid education and a love for learning are more than a little helpful in that situation.
I have a young man helping me this summer who came out for the first time Friday. He is taking Drivers Ed at school and in a few weeks will have his learners permit. In past years he has walked milo fields for Tom so I know he will work hard. He spent the day helping me trim back my tomato plants and fertilize them. I picked blackberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash.
Last night the girls and I took Tom to see Madagascar III. WE ALL LOVED IT. As an early Father’s Day we also gave him his new BBQ U guide and some new grill tools then celebrated with Chinese food. Sunday the girls will grill hot dogs and take Tom fishing while I am at the Old Cheney Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:0 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This morning Tom and the girls planted the last of my fall squash and pumpkins and I cleaned out my lettuce bed and planted strawberries, leeks, lavender, basil and sorrel. I also weeded my strawberry beds and picked beets and radishes for tomorrow. After lunch I will sow another cilantro bed and plant some late tomatoes. I will also check on my peppers to see if anything is ready. We are at least close. Tonight is church followed by a frenzied last dash until dark to pick what I can… likely the kale, Swiss chard, onions and possibly strawberries. With the rain has come WEEDS and next week promises to keep us all very busy. For the first time in several weeks we will need to mow. We mowed three times and April and not once in May. Strange year…
With the rain came what is likely the end of the wild fruit. Most of my best roads will not be passable in our car for several days and by then will likely over ripened. That is the ecstasy and agony of wild fruit. The fruit is free to those who crave it, but it sometimes it can be just out of reach. Don’t worry as soon as the roads are good I will at least go check. On some of my roads I found another truly coveted find… elderberries. I love it all, but I do not have ANY picked and I am compelled to at least try. If we miss the elderberries we still need to come back for sand plums later this fall and then there is always the possibility of wild grapes.
The good news is this week will likely be my bumper crop of blackberries here at the farm. I have picked a bunch and they will be waiting for you along with cabbage, hopefully some green beans, potatoes, tabouli kits, tomatoes, kale, collard greens and still some more things yet to be found. It will be a late night I am sure, but I am glad there is finally enough to pick. Come by and visit my booth tomorrow and let me know what you think. For those who cannot make to Old Cheney tomorrow, you also have the option for a mid-week delivery by using my online store at http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/. The store will be update Monday and in the weeks to come there will be lots of changes and additions to the store.
My statement of gratitude is for the wonderful rain and for a husband who in my opinion is the WORLD’S BEST DADDY.v