From crops to valley weddings; rain throws Spring a curveball


Rob Castillo and Tanya Valdez met, through a friend.

“She was like, ‘You need to talk to this guy,’ and I said, ‘No, I don’t want to, he’s weird,'” Valdez said. 

“And I was weird,” Castillo said! 

That, was three and a half years ago.

The couple is now just three days away from forever.

“Three days from now, going to get married.”

But with an outdoor venue, rain, was not in their plans.

“He just started calling numbers, and hoping to find, you know, something we could use to cover our visitors,” Valdez said.

That rain also flooding some valley fields, where tiny green bean seeds have just been planted.

“This is not normal,” David Sarabian said. “I mean, we normally anticipate warm dry weather.”

Sarabian is the farm manager at Sarabian Farms. He says, either the water will damage the crops, or, the mud.

“The mud turns into a hard crust,” Sarabian said. “And that seed will be pushed over the top, and it can’t push through that crust.”

Rotting, under the dirt.

A loss which could total $10,000 to $15,000 per five-acre area.

Sarabian, is staying positive.

“We’ll just have to deal with the issues we have to face, whatever they are, as we get the rain” Sarabian said.

The soon-to-be-Castillo’s are holding out for that silver lining, too. They say, it’s the start of their journey, which will only grow from here.

“There’s going to be rainy days, but you just got to get through it,” Castillo said.

The couple says they have about 200 guests coming, so now they’re reaching out, trying to find someone with a large-enough tent to keep their special day dry. 

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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