Each week we tend to write about the vegetables we harvest and how we fill our days and weeks with getting the food into your shares.  Some of the tasks are fun, some are interesting and some just plain boring.  But no matter what the task, things do happen that make us laugh.  Without humor around here we would all probably go crazy.  Last Monday began rather humorously:  there were 21 people in the packing shed prepared to clean cabbage; the bins of cabbage were stacked to the ceiling in one of the coolers, the forklift was dead and Chris (who can fix everything) wasn’t here.  So we got the tall, tall ladder and tossed cabbage down for hours.  Beauty abounds when we are in the field; there’s the beauty of discovering a nest with bird eggs, seeing sandhill cranes flying overhead and watching turkeys run across the valley; just pausing and looking at the hills is beautiful.   And then there are days when we do the same darn thing for hours, like wash squash or bag one vegetable after another for nine hours or stare at the computer in the packing shed figuring out how to distribute the week’s bounty.  The work can be exhausting but in the end satisfying, maybe even fun.

It’s been a great season.  We have a dedicated full time crew. They work well together and get the jobs done with positive attitudes.  Working with the Cambodian crew brings its own fun.  They are hardworking and happy people; everyone loves working with them.  And if you can work at their pace, you’re working!  We talk to them in English, they respond in their language (a few of them do speak English) and we all seem to know what’s going on. Well, sometimes things do get lost in translation, and then we just have to laugh.

Growing food is what this farm does, but that’s not all it does.  This farm brings people together.   And that what makes it such a special place.

Barb

The fork lift broke so Jeff climbed up and tossed cabbages down for a couple of hours.

The fork lift broke so Geoff climbed up and tossed cabbages down for a couple of hours.

Pretty serious chioggia beet harvest!  Chris looking a bit dazed with the whole experience.

Pretty serious chioggia beet harvest! Chris looking a bit dazed with the whole experience.

Jonnah, our very pregnant office manager, working hard to organize

Jonnah, our very pregnant office manager, focusing on being our connection to the outside world.

Brian and Elizabeth washing squash for hours.  That bin is almost empty Brian, but there may be another one.

Brian and Elizabeth washing squash for hours. That bin is almost empty Brian, but there may be another one.

Eric, our packing shed manager, working hard to keep it all organized.

Eric, our packing shed manager, working hard to keep it all organized.

It clearly was a particularly exhausting day.  We ate our lunch and then all crashed.  The cook took the picture, she was laughing pretty hard.

It clearly was a particularly exhausting day. We ate our lunch and then all crashed. The cook took the picture, she was laughing pretty hard.