Monday, June 30, 2008

More farm happenings (from my prospective)

The farm is in full production these days. They are working 12-14 hour days every day of the week. Here are a few pictures I took this morning.



Yellow squash


In about 2 more weeks we will have vine ripes. And just in case your wondering, these tomatoes don't have Salmonella.


They get dumped into this big tub of water to be rinsed off before packing.

They get a second rinse off here as they are moved out of the tank and onto the conveyor belt, or maybe they are getting sprayed with wax to make them shiny. I'm not really sure. I'll have to get back to you on that one.

Here they are being sorted and counted and put into boxes. I think they put 52 cucumbers in each box.

Auntie Lisa took a quick break to see Tony.

Look at him sitting up all by himself.

I'm guessing they are packing squash later today. I passed about 5 or 6 trailers just like this one sitting in the shade by the barn.

They are making boxes here. That box machine causes Todd a lot of headaches and is responsible for many of his grumpy moods in the summer. It always breaks down at the most inconvenient times and they always call him to come and fix it.

They have a whole barn just for making boxes. Those are palates of boxes waiting to be glued together by the box machine. It saves them a quarter a box to put them together themselves instead of buying boxes already put together. Doesn't seem hardly worth it, but apparently it saves them many thousands of dollars each summer.

These are 4 of the 7 puppies that chase me everyday on my runs. Luckily they are harmless, but they are getting rather big, seems like they should be going to new homes by now.

Even though Todd works such long hours, it's nice to be close by because we see still him a few times a day, either he stops in for a few minutes or we pass him on the road when we go for walks or jogs.


Tina in CT said...

What a plus to just go over to the family business and get your fresh produce from the field for your meals. Everything looks fantastic.

Those puppies are getting big not to have been sold/given to their forever homes. It's dangerous that they are loose as they can be hit by a car.

Tony looks so cute with the big cucumber by his feet. He's a lucky boy to be able to grow up in such a wholesome environment.

Katya got to really dig in the dirt for the first time in her life. I had someone at the house removing gravel, spreading top soil and planting grass. When we were home on Fri. night and late Sat. afternoon, she was out there helping and digging. She had some of my empty pots, cut the tops of some ground cover and planted it in the pots. She also had filled the garden pull cart with water and was having fun with that. With living in the city, she doesn't have the opportunity to do that and whenever they have been here, I've never had a big dirt pile. The timing was perfect and the girlie girlie dug right in and loved it.

Tina in CT said...

I just noticed your new pictures on the header. Great prop - lots of freshly picked strawberries. Are they from your farm's bushes?

Elle J said...

I have always wanted to live on a crop farm. Love it when you post about this stuff. Silly, huh?! :) But very cool. Love the country, the farm, the open space. Is it as "awesome" as I dream it to be?

Francie said...

Nice pics, Lori. I knew you guys had cucumbers, but you need to keep me posted on the squash! I'll have to come over for a visit, soon.

PrincessGreen17 said...

Very interesting! I'm enjoying learning about this process. Tony is getting so big! Yes, it must be nice getting to see Todd throughout the day. I went for a run this morning and a big dog came out of some bushes right by the sidewalk, kind of surprised me. I hope he's not there tomorrow!