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Soggy and Moldy

Posted 9/28/2011 12:41pm by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

Another three-plus inches of rain fell on our end of the valley yesterday morning.  The seasonal spring that runs from the mountain to the ridge just west of our house, spilled over it's banks creating a wide pond in the pasture.   Even during the several-days visit from Tropical Storm Lee the stream didn't venture so far from its path.   While soggy pastures and muddy barnyards weigh on one's spirit and boots, it is nothing to what vegetable and crop farmers face in seasons like this.   Not to mention those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent flooding.   We've got mold growing in our laundry and downstairs bathroom from the humidity, but at least we have a laundry.  I flipped through photo's posted on a CSA member Kristin Camplese's food website, cuizoo, of the flooding in Bloomsburg and got a healthy dose of perspective.  If you have a moment, check out the photos -- they are poignant. 

Around lunch time yesterday I was up at Village Acres getting my orders ready for the evening State College CSA distribution when the local radio station playing in the packing shed announced that Juniata School district was dismissing early due to flash flooding.  Suddenly I was yanked out of work mode and into mother mode, scrambling to find a neighbor who could meet the girls as they got off the bus and take them home till I arrived.  As I was pacing and talking on my cell phone, my father-in-law, Roy-the-elder, came by humming a tune and offered to go pick up the girls while I went to my pre-scheduled doctor appointment.    Roy and Hope are very generous this way, always willing to help even in the midst of their own busy lives.  Thankfully my next-door neighbor was home and all to happy to help out too.

I've got a lot to learn from the elder Brubakers.  It has been a very difficult season for vegetable farmers because the extreme weather patterns of the spring, summer, and now fall too.  (This may be a pattern farmers in the Northeast need to get used too.)   Even with all the stress of crop failure, new projects, and management, Roy continues to sing and hum as he works and make himself availabe to help others in need.   Like the Energizer bunny,  the elder Brubakers just keep going and going.   Here I am in those years that are supposed to be the most productive and I feel tired when I think of how hard the two of them continue to work!  Not only work, but sing while working!