Two Fridays ago, our large cooler space broke down. Horrible. This made things quite complicated, on a day of the week that was already very busy as we prepared for the Saturday market and had Lauren shooting B-roll footage for the farm video that is being produced.
An incredibly heavy rainfall a couple of days prior caused a short in the compressor that runs the cooling unit. While figuring out whether a part could be replaced, or if the whole unit would need replacing, Sam came to the rescue and finished installing the air conditioner/Coolbot combination in the small cooler. By the time we needed to refrigerate market-ready veggies, the small cooler was up and running. Thank goodness!
Also on that Friday, Johan continued to wire lighting into the prep area and both coolers. This was a huge help! We can now easily identify bins in dark corners, carry out quality control while bagging, and see the scale when we’re weighing harvested crops. Thanks, Johan : ).
Next to all of this activity (in the commercial kitchen) was Tristan, who bakes yogurt-soaked whole wheat and spelt bread, along with oat square and pies on Fridays. In the photo, you can see him and Avé mixing the dough, getting ready to proof it, weigh portions, proof it again, and bake. There is never a dull moment on the farm, but this Friday was particularly lively!
Photo credit: Martín Bustamante