As all our local friends know, we had one of those rough Texas spring storms a few nights ago. In places nearby there was up to 4-inch hail, but we were fortunate, ours topped out about dime-sized. The hail itself didn't do much damage, but boy that howling wind whipped our pretty tender li'l greens about pretty hard. Not so much that they won't come back, for which you must feign gratitude, but enough that now you've gotta wait a bit for it. Bah.
The Romaine fared the best of the lettuces. As you can see, it's not fully grown, so I'm not nearly as bothered by the damage as I would have been if it happened in 2 weeks. Look at me, tempting fate. Tempty tempt tempt.
The more tender butters were not so happy. They look particularly wimpy here because this was taken the morning after the storm, so the leaves had been desiccated by the wind all night. They don't look as bad now.
The bok choy and Chinese cabbage are really shredded. Wind is such a jerk.
And here are the beets greens leaning heavily downwind, bent but not broken. (Message!)
As aggravating as it is to miss a market, we were ultimately fortunate. Local sustainable ranchers Rehoboth Ranch were not so lucky, they were devastated by a tornado that formed out of the storm. They lost all of their barns and suffered significant damage to their homestead. They're wonderful people committed to raising animals "the right way", you've never had a Thanksgiving turkey so flavorful and juicy. You can see the damage here and make a donation towards their rebuilding.
Well, the farm's pretty soggy today, and we're happy to watch the pond fill up. Farmer Pop, Cute Husband and I popped the first hundred tomatoes into the ground on Saturday, and boy that felt good. We seeded the first set of melons (yes!!!), summer squash, and watermelons. Soon as it dries out a bit, peppers get transplanted! And then bean seeds, sweet potatoes, winter squash, yee-haw!