An absolutely fun and busy week on the farm. Sweet corn and watermelon, these long awaited summer crops, were the highlight.

Sweet Corn Harvest

When we harvest sweet corn we use a tractor, a Veg-Vayer (the conveyor belt) and a wagon. Each person on the ground is assigned a row of corn. They walk behind the Veg-Vayer picking an ear of corn from each corn plant and placing it on the conveyor. The pickers have to keep up with the pace set by the tractor (please don’t drive too fast, Jesse!). The corn travels up the conveyor into a waiting wagon where two people count the ears while putting them into crates. Each crate has the same number of ears counted into it so we know how much corn we have harvested and how many ears we can put into each CSA box.

When we harvest sweet corn we use a tractor, a Veg-Vayer (the conveyor belt) and a wagon. Each person on the ground is assigned a row of corn. They walk behind the Veg-Vayer picking an ear of corn from each corn plant and placing it on the conveyor. The pickers have to keep up with the pace set by the tractor (please don’t drive too fast, Jesse!). The corn travels up the conveyor into a waiting wagon where two people count the ears while putting them into crates. Each crate has the same number of ears counted into it so we know how much corn we have harvested and how many ears we can put into each CSA box.

A closer look at the crew harvesting the corn and putting it on the conveyor.

A closer look at the crew harvesting the corn and putting it on the conveyor.

Jonnah and Thomas in the wagon on Tuesday, counting and crating each ear as it came up to them. This is also a very fast paced job. If they don’t keep up with the corn as it comes to them a big pile forms.

Jonnah and Thomas in the wagon on Tuesday, counting and crating each ear as it came up to them. This is also a very fast paced job. If they don’t keep up with the corn as it comes to them a big pile forms.

Once back at the packing shed the corn is unloaded (Jesse and Thomas) and stored in a 35 degree cooler. Yes, corn likes to be stored cold. So when you see wagons of sweetcorn on the side of the road, baking in the sun, know that it is not good for the corn.

Once back at the packing shed the corn is unloaded (Jesse and Thomas) and stored in a 35 degree cooler. Yes, corn likes to be stored cold. So when you see wagons of sweetcorn on the side of the road, baking in the sun, know that it is not good for the corn.

Watermelon Harvest

For harvest we form a line across the melon patch. In this picture only 3 of the 10 harvesters are shown. The melons are passed to Tonny who makes a pile. Note the piles that will soon get picked up and loaded into a bulk bin.

For harvest we form a line across the melon patch. In this picture only 3 of the 10 harvesters are shown. The melons are passed to Tonny who makes a pile. Note the piles that will soon get picked up and loaded into a bulk bin.

Full bulk bins of watermelon in a cooler. Posing and rather hesitant is Felix, one of the grandkids.

Full bulk bins of watermelon in a cooler. Posing and rather hesitant is Felix, one of the grandkids.

Cabbage

Bulk bins of cabbage waiting to be cleaned.

Bulk bins of cabbage waiting to be cleaned.

After the cabbage is harvested we clean it in the packing shed.

After the cabbage is harvested we clean it in the packing shed.

Jesse stacking bulk bins of cleaned, counted cabbage in the cooler.

Jesse stacking bulk bins of cleaned, counted cabbage in the cooler.