Unfortunately, Ted Thorpe got a very costly round of hail at his farm. Nicole Jacobs reports that Ted is in good spirits, and thankfully no one was hurt, “but the hail storm lasted 30 minutes and was even worse because there was severe wind as well.
“Ted said they were nickel-sized pellets, and very intense. The storm was also quite localized because “just down the street”, the hail was golf-ball-sized! His brother’s farm (across the field), was also devastated. However, Plan B, minutes away, was completely spared of any wild weather conditions – so weird how these things go.”
Thorpe’s will have a greatly reduced supply of vegetables as a result. Let’s make sure we buy everything we can, and be willing to accept some imperfections. With help from his daughters Maya and Leah, he will replant, and they hope to have late fall greens.
Such unpredictable times. Crop insurance is designed for big mono-croppers, but small organic farms have to get by on diversity and a roll of the dice.