Peas are always our first crop that gets harvested. Usually around the middle of June, large pea harvesters pull into the field and start to pick up and de-pod the peas. If you can believe it, these huge harvesters actually operate gentle enough to take the peas right out of the pod while out in the field.
Then they haul the peas in trucks to the cannery where they are washed, blanched, frozen and put into bags, ultimately landing in soups, pre-made food, and in grocery store freezers for you to buy! Our field alone will produce about 160,000 lbs of peas!!
The harvesters showed up very early in the morning. So as we drove into the farm Hoot just about lost his mind seeing those big machines working already! It didn’t take long before he had his papa by the hand and was telling him it was time to head out to the field. Once there he ate his body weight in peas, and had a ball watching harvest!
Here’s a video that I took so you can see the sheer mass of these harvesters.
The headers are picking up the vines along with the peas, cracking open the pods, removing the peas and then the pod and vine material comes back out the back of the machine. Once the harvester has gone through an area all that is left is a row of “trash”.
And how does the saying go….one man’s trash is another man’s treasure or something right? So after harvest is over we have one of our neighbors come in and bale the vines and pods off the field. He then uses it for feed for his cows.
So what is next for this field? Since harvest for peas is so early, this year we are going to attempt to double crop this land. After removing the vines and pods, we headed into the field and started to work the ground again. We plan to plant a late planting of green beans.
If you want to see some more photos of our farm and more specifically of pea harvest last year please check out ItsMomSense. Farming in Focus – May. Happy Friday!
Here in Oregon, we grow over 250 different crops. So it’s no wonder that in our soil this year we have 10 different crops growing. And while in the next three months they will all get harvested, currently everything is at all different stages. Some crops are just getting planted, some starting to flower, some are pollinating, and others are already ready to be harvested!
So here is your photo tour of our farm and the 10 crops we are raising.
First stop the grasses, both perennial and tall fescue are grown on our farm.
Next, vegetables seeds. We are raising red cabbage seed…
Swiss chard seed…
And radish seed.
Then finally, all the crops you can eat!!! Wheat…
And Green beans…
So there you have it! And yes, to answer the question I most often get asked, we are really busy! And most of the time, we are loving it!
You never know where blogging is going to lead you. Since starting this blog in 2012 one of the things that I have enjoyed most is the friendships and connections I have made. Not only with other farmers across the country, but other foodies, bloggers, moms and the like. So when I got an e-mail from another blogger who I met at a conference in April, asking to come to our farm and take some photos, I jumped at the chance. I always enjoy having people come and visit our farm. Seeing our operation through the eyes of someone else, especially a photographer is always something that I admire. New perspectives, new insights, and great questions have always motivated me to never turn down a chance to show someone around our farm.
The blogger I showed around is named Sara, and while not a farmer by trade, she is a mom and a consumer who wants to know more about where food comes from, who are those behind the wheel of the tractor, and in general more about our food and agricultural industry. You can check out her awesome blog that covers everything from bees to junk food, food dye to GMO‘s at ItsMomSense.com.
So for her most recent Farming in Focus post she wrote about and posted photos of our farm and all the crops that we have growing this time of year. She even got to come out and watch some pea harvesting! Just click the photo below to check out some great photos and good commentary from a new set of eyes about Kirsch Family Farms!