Harvest 2014

The Black family has been really busy.  It all began about a month ago when I went back to work.  The beginning of the year for a teacher has to be the most exhausting time.  I still don’t feel like I have gotten caught up at work.  Of course on top of that we have started soccer.  I am officially a soccer mom!  It isn’t too bad we have one practice a week and then a game on Saturdays.  Between teaching and taking care of little people I am busy enough.  On top of my daily activities, there are tons of things to do with farming this fall.  Many times I have been afraid my hubby has decided to do too much.  He has had a hard time getting everything started and keeping it going.

About two weeks ago, we went over to the sweet potato field and found out that they were a great size.  I wish all he would have had to do was just go out and dig them up, but it is a little more complicated than that.  First sweet potatoes have to be cured if you plan on keeping them for any amount of time.  The ones that you buy in the grocery store have been cured and can actually stay good for up to 8 months if they are in a cool dry environment.  In order to cure the potatoes, they have to kept at 95 degrees with 90% humidity.  Now when my hubby first hatched this plan, he decided to get a refrigerated trailer to put them in.  He asked around and the sweet potato guys told us that it would work.  My husband being the kind of last minute guy that he is, bought the trailer the day before he wanted to start digging.  I was very worried that we would have no where to put all these thousands of potatoes.  So the day before he had his first picking, we both went over to try out the plow.

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This was the first try and the plow wasn’t working just right, because you should be seeing tons of potatoes just on top of the ground.  It took a few tries but I think my hubby finally has got the plow working right.  The only problem is now our tractor is broke down again!  We have had the most trouble out of this tractor.  We will be trading this tractor in very soon if I have my way.

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So we got about 1/6 of the potatoes dug up and curing.  We sold a few right away, here they are in the local store that is selling some of our stuff.  We are praying that the tractor is fixed this week and we get the rest dug up.

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Fall is coming

I absolutely love the changing of the seasons.  I happen to find each season wonderful in its own way, but there is something extra special about fall.  There are some great holidays, my family has birthdays, fairs, and of course harvest.  Harvest time for a farmer is kind of like the playoffs for a football player.  They’ve been working towards this all year long.  All their blood, sweat, and tears have finally paid off.  My little family is ready for harvest time.

This fall we have our usual two crops, corn and soybeans.  The corn always comes in first and my hubby sells some of it for deer corn.  We started doing deer corn the year that Cooper was born and have really enjoyed it.  We have spent many nights up late shucking corn and bagging it.  Some years we take corn to sell at market and sometimes we sell some to my dad.  We started out with a corn picker that didn’t take the shucks of, but last year we upgraded to one that does.  That saved us tons of time and the cost of labor.  September and October are so incredibly busy because I will usually come straight home and start helping with something.  There are many nights that we work till 9 or 10 and only grab a quick sandwich before we head to bed.

This year we have added another crop that will have to be harvested.  Our sweet potatoes that we planted back in June are almost ready!  I am very nervous about how this will go.  We still have so much to do before we are ready to dig them up and we still aren’t sure how some things are going to go.  I can’t wait to take pictures and blog about how we do each step.

Harvest time is just such a wonderful time and it reminds me how proud I am of my hubby.  He works very hard to try to provide a good life for us.  At times things are hard.  He doesn’t have a steady flow of income coming in, but we are working towards a larger goal.  We have three boys that are going to grow up knowing what it is to work hard.  They are going to know what its like to work together as a family.  They won’t be a afraid of getting a little dirty to get the job done.  I just happen to think those are pretty important lessons.  This time next week, we will both be putting in lots of overtime and I won’t have time to be blogging.