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This first news update from the farm is quite tragic (well ok maybe not that tragic). Saturday night, Ross and I (and the rest of the family) were awoken by a very loud and very strange sound. It sounded as if the house were being pelted with rocks. Those rocks ended up being huge chucks of ice. A massive hail storm was passing overhead and coming down hard on Cary and the backyard veggie beds. Since it was too dark to see, we tried our best to go back to sleep and analyze the damage the hail had caused in the morning. Check out some of the damage below.
Luckily we had covered our head lettuce with a shade cloth that night and they were completely unharmed. The kale, spinach and herbs are peppered with holes but overall look ok. After a few tears and regretful moments of "why didn't we cover everything?!" we cleaned up and developed a game plan for replanting. This was definitely our first experience of disappointment and frustration with farming and our lack of control over nature. No matter how much you plan everything that you've worked so hard for can be destroyed in a 5 minute storm.
But no worries! We have replanted the loose leaf salad mixes and they should be ready for harvest in 3 to 4 weeks. But trust me, our salads will be covered from here on out.
Ross and Jillian Mickens are the owners and operators of Open Door Farm located in the North Carolina Piedmont.