Parlee Farm Loses Portion of Corn Crop Courtesy of Irene
The tropical storm may have blown over some corn in one of the Parlee's patches.
Though there were no local human casualities courtesy of Tropical Storm Irene yesterday, a section of corn stalks and sun flowers in town were not so lucky.
Donna Parlee of Parlee's Farm said she picked produce that was even a little bit ripe in anticipation of Irene, but knew the corn would be at stake.
"The corn patch on Rte. 110 and Littleton Road was all blown down, which was not good because that was corn for (ready to be) ripe this week. We have patches here and there, all to come in at different times so there is always corn available," she said.
Parlee is hoping at least some of it can be saved.
"We might have to take a good look and see if it's still edible," she said.
The corn maze, on the other hand, weathered the storm and the back fields on the farm only flooded a little bit. The fields are set up so any extra rainfall flows into a nearby brook, Parlee said.
"The strawberries weren't flooded but that’s what always happens in the spring, so all in all we did pretty well except for corn," she said. "We harvested the tomatoes and everything else before the storm came on Saturday so my barn is full of green and red tomatoes and every shade in between."
Also, all the farm's sunflowers had been knocked down by the storm, said Parlee.
The farm had lost power since 9 a.m. Sunday morning, Parlee said, but a generator is allowing it to function as normal.
"We went to Jesse's for breakfast and came back and there was no power," she said.
Parlee's husband Henry, who is an electrician as well as a farmer, had been taking calls since Thursday to check on locals' generators. Henry had gone out on calls throughout the day Sunday to help get generators up and running.
"He's in his element," said Parlee.
Parlee's son Nick, a University of New Hampshire student, moved back into school Saturday to avoid the storm.
Although the storm may have been a flop, Parlee said she's glad she prepared just in case.
"This is New England, you have to prepare for the storm that isn't a flop," she said.