Wednesday night Southern Oregon experienced more than 200 lightning strikes. Several of these strikes erupted into fire and a portion of the fires have grown in size. Each day we have watched the sky, the sun, the horizon, the ashes, and the smoke. The fires form a large horseshoe shaped perimeter around the Rogue Valley. The pictures are posted from the most recent (today) to the beginning stages of the fire as seen from our farm. Today our county was declared a state of emergency. This is not to cause worry so much as it is to get federal assistance. It was a good call by our county commissioners to bring in reinforcements as quickly as possible and to assist in fire suppression where it is closest to people and homes. Some of the more remote areas and the ones closest to the fires were given evacuation orders. Our local fairgrounds and some of the schools are acting as a safe haven for these residents. Other areas of the fire are so remote and so rugged in our Southern Oregon canyons that smoke jumpers and fire rappellers have been called in to support the air tankers and helicopters and land crews. The Big Windy Complex fire in the heart of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River remains 0% contained. Fire Officials may need to close the river to rafters to protect public safety. The air quality ebbs and flows with the shifting of wind and the heat of the blaze. Let's all keep our brave firefighters in our thoughts and prayers~
Monday, July 29, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Blooming gardens make smiling gardeners! Plant a few extra flowers into the vegetable garden and it will attract a bigger variety of pollinators and make happy farmers!
Today it was 104 degrees in Southern Oregon. The thermometer read 97 degrees in the tucked away and shadiest spot on the farm. The garden loves the heat as long as there is plenty of water.
Visiting the garden is the best inspiration for meal planning especially when most of the garden is ripe!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Our neighbor grows corn. He grows a lot of corn! Organic corn, conventional corn, feed corn, organic feed corn! He even makes Kettle corn!! Farmer Bob has asked for a little help during this growing season for the harvest of corn and vegies. The crops are growing with vigor and in abundance. The Farm Stand is open, Grower's Markets are thriving, and locally owned grocers are also carrying their produce.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mmmmm. I love Yellow Wax Beans. They are tender, tasty, and full of fresh garden flavor. They are pretty, too!