Happy New Year!
I would guess that most people, given the choice, would prefer rain to come during the week while they are at work instead of on the weekends. Obviously if you work outside, as mostly we do here at Terra Firma, you prefer the opposite. So it was that we enjoyed watching the horizontal rain and hurricane-force wind from inside our cozy homes on Sunday, knowing all too well what it would have felt like to be working out in it.
Scheduling work around the weather is always important on a farm, but it gets more challenging here in the winter. Despite many people’s insistence that California is a desert, everyone who lives in NorCal is familiar with the persistent wet spells like the one we are having right now. While we at TFF can and do harvest many of our crops “rain or shine”, there is a big difference between a light drizzle and a windy downpour. We try to avoid work on the stormiest days entirely, and get as much harvested as possible between storms or on the nice days.
Of course, the “nicest” weather we’ve had in a month came last week, when the farm was officially “closed” for business. But since it’s been too wet to do anything other than harvest since Thanksgiving, so we had a very long list of tasks to catch up on. Much of TFF’s staff was on vacation, but we had a skeleton crew that stayed very busy right up until the rain started on Saturday.
There’s not much dry weather in the forecast for the next few weeks. But whether you work inside or out, one way to spend your free time indoors on a rainy day (or night) is cooking. And eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruit is a good way to stay healthy. We promise we’ll give you plenty to keep you busy in that department