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Let It Rain

Oregon Vegetables say “Bring It On”

Ever notice who uses umbrellas on a rainy winter (or in this year’s case, summer) day? That’s right, tourists. We’re Oregonians, we can handle the rain. Apparently, our local crops are just as resilient. La Niña takes her best shot with the second wettest spring in 117 years and barbecues may be belated, but vegetables are coming on strong. Francesca Benedetti of Sauvie Island Organics tells us that “while the weather affected spring planting, the weather since has not affected crop growth.” 
It’s premature to predict the punctuality of later produce, like peppers and pumpkins, but this week’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are likely to have the same crops you would have received this time last year, or the year before. Proving once again that local vegetables are right as rain. 

If you doubted summer's arrival and didn't sign up for a CSA, don’t worry: it’s not too late. Dancing Roots Farm still has shares and will prorate the cost for the rest of the season. Slow Hand Farm, Mercy Corps Northwest refugee farm program, and other farms offer fall CSA options.  

And remember, let a smile be your umbrella because July showers bring August, uh....vegetables.