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July 24, 2015
Summer Heat
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Now is the season of my neglect to write. The height of summer arrives in July and with it comes extra long days on the farm. Beans, cherry tomatoes, squash and cucumbers slurp up time as we pick, pick and pick. Last week’s dog days (dog days are hot and humid, right?)demoralized the crew, the Farmer, and even the Farmer’s daughter. Only temporarily. Working outside this week is a dog gone pleasure. Now everyone is all smiles, optimistic and that "I'm about to quit" look in their eyes has passed.
No matter what, July remains challenging. In addition to a heavy harvest, we are still planting and weeding like crazy. The Farmer finds himself working seven days a week, way too many hours. It feels like we barely see each other, or at least have time to discuss anything important. I am up late at the computer, after everyone is finally sleeping. He is up at dawn's first light, and often gone until dusk. We've been at this long enough to remember that the grind is temporary. Field pressure lets up in mid September, and the days become shorter, thanks to the waning sun in Autumn. Rest will reward the hard-working farmer.
For now, we will keep at it. And savor days like today where the warm of the sun penetrates the soul and the blue of the sky brightens the spirit. Truly, we feel blessed to walk in rhythm with nature every day.
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