Rain, Rain

Rain, rain,
Go away.

But come back tonight since we need you to make the grass grow? Anytime after 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. would be fine. And if you could be gone by 5:00 a.m. that would be nice, too. Give things a chance to dry out a bit before we start working.

I knew this day was coming and I admit I’d been dreading it. Waking up to rain in NYC was the worst. All I’d want to do would be to stay curled up in bed with a book and a mug of tea. I was tempted on more than one occasion to call in sick just to avoid the 6 block walk to the subway. I never did, but I came close.


As has generally been the case here, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it was rainy and cold, but it wasn’t all that bad. It helps that I work with great people. And that I actually own water-resistant pants. I bought them a few years ago when I went to Peru. They were my karmic guarantee of good weather. That whole if you prepare for the worst the worst won’t happen idea. And they worked. We had perfect weather! Beyond that I never thought I’d actually need them. Who knew life was preparing me all along to become a farmer?

Anyways, the weather didn’t change much for us. We went about chores as usual. Everything took a bit longer since you have to drive the equipment more slowly in the mud  or else you’ll get stuck.


We were even able to check a few more things off our to-do list. Ryan and Steven got the tractor blades sharpened. Rob got a pile of brush burned. And I got the cattles’ mineral feeders replenished. That made them pretty happy. They almost knocked me down a few times trying to get to the feeder as I filled it.


Things will start picking up next week. The market/kitchen staff have been getting ready for Philly Farm & Food Fest which is this Sunday. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, go pick up some sausage! On the farm side we are hoping to get the cattle out to pasture by the end of next week. On top of all that the café opens on April 26th so we’ve all been busy, either in the kitchen working on menus and such or outside sprucing the place up. If you are in the area, you can read more about all of our upcoming events here.

6 thoughts on “Rain, Rain

  1. Golly, Rebecca, too bad you weren’t able to send some of that rain south–we here in Edgewater Landing could really use the rain. I”m glad to know you are being a real trooper and taking to farm life all on the positive side.
    Love, Aunt Jean

  2. I feel your pain!!! We’ve had a ton of rain here in Central Virginia as well. Good news is – the drought we were under last year has vanished… Bad news is – we moved in too late in the fall to put down grass for the lawn, so it’s been a total mud pit all winter! Yesterday we got about 3/4 inch of rain.

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