Storm Warnings

Sprout Farm Newsletter August 20, 2021 Open 9-5 daily

Hello Everyone,

It's time to watch the Weather Channel and prepare for a blow. There is no doubt that a strong sustained wind will ruin many if not all of our fall plantings. We had a small garden in 1991 when hurricane Bob came up the canal. The wind picked up the sea water and slammed it into out apple trees at 90 miles an hour. The salt burned everything, the leaves and fruit dropped and several weeks later the buds that were just forming for the next year's production bloomed and that was that. We don't have apple trees anymore. Our farmer friends in Bridgewater say that a wind over 45mph will probable flatten the corn because the ground is so saturated. Jay and I are on our own this weekend but we're going to do our best to ring the register and get as many crops under cover as possible. I remember trees blowing over in '91 and the exposed roots stirred up some yellow jacket nests. Just be careful out there. Please pray that the damage to the farms off Cape is minimal. There is still time to make hard copies of your important contacts, passwords, and account numbers if you have to call in a damage report. Here's a hurricane check list.

More quick tips-

1. Create a printed list of extended family, veterinarian, employees and their families,

2. Purchase batteries for flashlights and lanterns. Have enough flashlights ready for each employee or family member.

3. Check to ensure generators are ready and in working order.

4. Make sure chainsaws are in good working order and stock up on mixed fuel.

5. Locate chains and come-a-long for limb and tree movement off fences and buildings.

6. Stock up on general-repair materials

7. Make sure the battery packs for your electric tools are fully charged.

The cats could care less. I was picking beans the other evening and was startled by an unusual squeak nearby. Fluffy had caught a large rabbit. Good kitty. Then she dropped it and went to chase it again. I thought, Oh no, is this a catch and release game here? They went off deep into the tall weeds and I didn't see them again until this afternoon when I was picking beans with one of the help and heard a squeak. This time it was the help. There was the rabbit, in the path, and he wasn't going to be dining on beans ever again. Good kitty. We'll round up all the cats before the storm begins, lay in a good supply of food and kitty litter and ride it out. Thank you for the cat toys. They are more than enough to keep them busy.

Not much to do now but pick up stuff around the yard and find the old Corning Ware coffee pot. It's having the little comforts that makes storm aftermath endurable.

Take care of yourselves and your neighbors.

See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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