The 4th of July is usually a work day for us, because if it falls on a weekday there are vegetables to harvest.  But this year it falls on a Thursday and now it impacts all of you!  So we did something we have never done in 19 years; re-schedule a delivery day.  That meant we needed to reorganize our harvest week.  We need three days to harvest, wash, bag and bunch the vegetables.  So instead of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we  began our week on Sunday.  Sunday morning, 6:30 am, 20 workers showed up to harvest strawberries, broccoli and pearl onions.  I spent Saturday night planning the week’s harvest activities.  And now it’s Wednesday and we are packing shares.  It all feels rather confusing to us on the farm; it’s so engrained to define our week by the Thursday delivery, but guess what? We will have the 4th of July off!

On packing day we line up crates of vegetables and each person is assigned one or two items to place into the container as it moves down the line.  The crew packing vegetables is a combination of full time employees and worker shares, many of the worker shares who join us each Thursday have been doing so for many, many years. The space we use to pack the vegetables is in the lower part of our barn; the place where the cow stations used to be.  We’ve converted an old dairy barn into our packing shed.

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Jesse moving full containers of vegetables into one of the delivery trucks.  We send vegetables out in four trucks each Thursday (Wednesday this week).  The trucks head to different parts of Madison and surrounding towns, each truck stopping at 6-8 locations.

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