When it rains...

corn field
My next post was supposed to be about sweet corn season here at the farm. We've had three great weeks of corn, and the farm stand has been abuzz with all the loyal sweet corn fans who come back day after day all month long, year after year. It's a fun season, and I've been fortunate to spend many happy days this month picking with Deb in the mornings, and spending my afternoons chit chatting away with our local customers.

But it appears corn season came to an abrupt end today. We are unable to access the fields to know the extent of the damage yet. Instead of picking, I am staring out the window at fields devastated by flood waters.  Corn tassles rise up from the flooded fields like tiny flags of surrender. The crop losses are certain to be huge. Losing the sweet corn would hurt, but everyone is more worried about the cow corn -- which we harvest to feed animals all year long. Hard to tell yet just how huge the losses will be. But they'll be significant.

I can't say this enough: we feel so fortunate no people or animals were hurt here at the farm. The water stayed out of the barns by mere inches...how lucky is that? So it could have been much, much worse. But it's worth noting there was far more damage than any of us Vermonters expected. Homes have been evacuated. Businesses have been ruined. A close friend's family lost their restaurant.  Thankfully, no one we know was injured.

flooding literally stopped inches away from the barns...so lucky!!
There's a lot of talk right now about how this storm was over-hyped. It's frustrating to hear people complain the media exaggerated the impact of this storm.  Sure, downtown Manhattan was not seriously impacted. But there's a whole world outside New York City. And many parts of it are under water!

As a relative newcomer to this farming life, I am proud to witness the quiet strength Ransom and his family have displayed in the face of these losses. I suppose when farming has been in your bloodline for six generations, patience, acceptance, and determination are passed through your genes.

It's been a very tough year for Vermont farmers. Please try to buy locally when you can, and do your best to support your farming neighbors (that means no honking or speeding past tractors on the roads!) Not many industries are so susceptible to forces of nature, and few years have been this bad weather wise.
Corn field covered by flood waters

LoveHector (August 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM)  

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm a Farmers daughter so I know how hard life can be. Stay strong together. Love and hugs to you all

Tasha Lehman (August 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM)  

So glad no one was harmed and the animals were spared as well. Sorry about the crop losses. I wanted to come by the stand and I never got to! So bummed. Hope things get back up and running for you soon.

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