Delivery Magic - Thanks Drivers! December 15, 2014
On the farm, we pay close attention the weather forecasts. Threats of rain give us encouragement to focus harvest activities before the rain storm. Rain storms are welcome on the farm, but they change it significantly. Fields turn into mud traps that hold onto your boots with the full force of wet mud. Each step is an exercise routine and a test of how well your boots fit onto your foot - more than once my boot has stayed in the mud, letting my foot leave without it. The mud does this to the tractors too; their tires sink deep and if it were not for four-wheel-drive, the equipment would be stuck there through the winter. Harvesting in muddy fields is slow, dangerous for the crews and damaging to the soil.
We were ready for this storm, all of the field activities completed prior to the storm, leaving the cooler filled with unwashed beets and carrots and bins of Satsuma mandarins that need to be graded and packed - all jobs that are done under the cover of a roof. With produce packed and mixed into your individual box, there remained only one step - the delivery.
The water continued to fall from the sky. On the farm, it created steady streams of brown water running off toward the creek that swelled closer to its capacity. In the cities, the several inches of rain water fell evenly and met roofs, pavement and landscapes. Gravity methodically concentrated it to the low spots. Storm drains reached their capacity - some streets turned into rivers and others into lakes. One of our delivery offices filled with rainwater. As this was happening, our amazing drivers arrived to work, their delivery vans filled with boxes of produce, and the last step of our farm’s commitment to you in front of them.
Better than Santa Claus, these folks safely navigated their ways through the storm to the streets of your neighborhoods and delivered the best selection of local produce to your doorstep. Not being there with the drivers, my imagination is left to picture the obstacle course of fallen branches and hydroplane potentials on the roads followed by camouflaged puddles, slippery walk ways and streams of water rolling off roofs between the van and your doorstep.
I am so grateful for our team of drivers - rain or shine, drizzle or storm, they always make it happen!
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