It’s just about time to go harvest our hazelnuts (or filberts as we like to call them). We have been getting some good windy rainy storms blowing through our area, which has knocked down a lot of the crop out of the trees.
We wait for the nuts to naturally come out of the tree, no shaking required. But it’s always a bit of a guessing game as to when to harvest. Too early and a lot of nuts will fall after you sweep them into rows, causing you to run over a lot of your crop. Too late and you risk worse weather and rain storms that make for very muddy, very wet and very frustrating harvest.
We usually go through the orchards two times, get the bulk at the start then finish up after some more have fallen. It’s not an easy crop to harvest this time of year, but hoping for a good fall with some nice weather windows to get the job done. I guess all in all, it always gets done, just depends on how dusty or muddy you are at the end of the day!
As of today we have been harvesting for 19 days. Just to give you a small taste of what that means…
- In 19 days we have worked just under 1500 man hours on the farm.
- We have seen 19 sunrises matched up to 19 sunsets.
- We have harvested all the crimson clover, all of the peas, half the green beans, all the tall fescue seed, and half of the perennial ryegrass.
- We have had a few successes and some failures.
- We have eaten dinner out in the field 17 times. And the 2 nights we were at home eating, we still ended up in the field hanging out afterward.
- I have made 122 meals for our crew and family.
- Our boys have spent over 25 hours in the seat of a combine or tractor.
- Hoot has asked about 75 million times to get back in the seat of the combine or tractor.
- We have had 7 harvester plugs, 3 minor hiccups and two fairly extensive breakdowns.
- We have had 18 friends and family members come to say hi out in the dusty fields.
- We have had exactly one day off. Well except for my husband Matt, because plants don’t stop needing things just because it’s Sunday.
- We have 7 crops left to harvest.
- There are 5 amazing people who help take care of our boys during our crazy harvest hours! It takes a village here on the farm raising these crops and kids!
- We are thankful for great employees, hard workers, good weather, and patience.
This is what it looks like to get food onto tables. Lots of long exhausting days and nights, hard work, sweat, frustration, cussing, laughing and cold beer. We are tired and worn out…but in the end we still wouldn’t trade this life for anything else. This is why we call farming a way of life more than a job, and at the same time one you can hang your hat on. Happy harvesting!!
We don’t grow a lot of acres of green beans, but even one acre produces a ton…or a number of tons! This field was harvested this week and will produce around 500,000 bags of green beans for grocery stores! That’s a lot of food!!
Even Hoot and Auggie couldn’t make too big of a dent in our yield with those kind of numbers. Which doesn’t mean they didn’t try….these boys LOVE green beans!
So keep eating those veggies and we will keep on growing them!