Well, we sure got some more hands.
It was also incredibly efficient - in literally an hour and a half, our team of 30+ people did what would have been at least two weeks of work for Jeremy and Brian. And it was almost fun! Such an amazing gift to receive from our community.
We've also been touched by all the people who stopped by our stand and the market to ask how we're doing and buy an extra squash or two.
As climate change makes big weather like Irene more likely and alters the patterns of the seasons, farmers are going to have to adapt in a lot of different ways. Perhaps that gorgeous river-bottom soil will have to be limited to orchards or pasture. Clearly diversification is going to be increasingly important - if we'd been growing only winter squash, we'd be totally screwed. And I think community is going to become more and more important as well - for work parties, for investment in new ideas, for moral support.
So the good thing about having lost our field was that we got to see our community in action. And that was pretty great.
(Thanks to Annie Harlow for the photos.)