July sunrise in the flooded orchardIt's hard for me to believe that the farmers have already made their third cutting of alfalfa. I'm used to two cuttings for the whole season in New England; and those are always a race with the weather. Here in the Mesilla Valley, except for the monsoon rains, the farmers deal with dry weather most of the time--good for harvesting and drying hay, and good if you have enough water for irrigation.
The chile plants are a couple of feet high and the corn is truly as "high as an elephant's eye." The cabbage crop has been harvested, and the onion harvest continues. I tried to get a good shot that would show just how labor intensive that harvesting onions looks to me--this was just a small portion of the field and there were trucks parked all around it with many workers out there in the heat, laboring to fill those big boxes. It sure smelled good, though.
In the gardens around town, we are seeing the most beautiful butterfly bushes in pinks and blues. Of course, I want to get some to plant. The brilliantly-colored canna lilies are just about to bloom, too.
We'll go to the Farmers Market on the weekend to see what's happening there.