Farmer Dean races to complete Bolita harvest before forecasted rains come in. The Bolitas wait safety inside the big red barn until the bean cleaner is ready for them. Knowing that rain was imminent today, Farmer's father and oldest son take the bolitas to the cleaner last Monday. We await dry weather to transport the cleaned Bolitas from the cleaner to the farm. Please continue checking back! The fields begin their transformation, as Farmer Dean and oldest son shred corn and plant winter cover crops. Only three planting of sweet corn remain. If we do not freeze, we will have sweet corn for two to three more weeks. Time to stock up for winter!
As harvest continues, the season transitions from Summer into Autumn. The days shorten, nights are cooler and the mornings are crisp. Summer squash plants give up their deep green leaves for tired drying leaves, pumpkins and winter squash peek out amidst dying plants giving all remaining energy into maturing fruit. Farmer and family know that the season is changing. We have enjoyed our days growing food for you and look forward to more visits with you before the season ends in late October/early November. Bolitas have yet to be harvested along with winter squashes and cool season crops. Thank you for supporting our family farm. We are full of gratitude!
Pinto bean loaded trucks go down to McIntosh for bean cleaning last Monday. Early this morning, Farmer Dean hooks on a trailer and heads south to return shortly with a load of cleaned and bagged pintos. Now we begin the task of bagging the smaller sized pinto bags to be ready to put into the Farm Market for you! The beans look beautiful! Come and get some!
The day begins before dawn, sweet corn and vegetable harvesting begin early while temperatures are cool. We prepare for a late morning farm tour. Our group arrives and we head out to tour the farm. A stop for onions, sweet corn and potatoes round out our tour. The tour ends, Farmer Dean heads out to the field hoping to finish thrashing the pintos recently cut. His day ends at dusk, the pintos are all thrashed and await a trip to the bean cleaner for cleaning and bagging. We enjoyed our time with the families that visited us today and Farmer Dean is thankful to have the pintos out of the field.
Farmer Dean prepares the bean cutter. Big Red (our CASE Tractor), gets some needed repairs. The implement is put on the tractor, field conditions are checked and are just right for cutting beans. As the morning progresses and the early morning dew burns off the plants, Farmer Dean comes in from the field. He will try to finish cutting the next day. An unexpected evening rain shower delays those plans. This morning the farmer and his blue eyed boy try once again to finish those beans. By late morning, all the pintos are cut. Farmer Dean finishes work on the bean combine in hopes to begin thrashing the pintos soon. Looking forward to new crop pintos in the near future!