Flooded, again

The hoophouses, greenhouse and fields are full of ripe and ripening produce, all brown under a thick coat of mud. Snowslip Farm, owned by Lesley and John Trevor of Lake Placid, fell victim to the second unprecedented flood of 2011. Unlike the spring floods, this one came as a rushing river, rising suddenly Sunday afternoon as they moved quickly to evacuate their horses with the help of the fire department. Here’s what the crops looked like Tuesday, after the water was gone and human and animal lives were no longer in danger.

Snowslip fields

Snowslip fields

Peppers

Peppers

Flooded tomatoes

Tomatoes, with two feet of mud

Squash

Squash

Unfortunately, the advice from the Cornell Extension is to discard produce that has been flooded by surface water:

Unless you are absolutely sure that flooding is not from streams and surface water, do not use fruits and vegetables that were at or near harvest at the time of flooding.

Not much left to say. My heart goes out to all farmers and gardeners coping with this blow.

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