Friday, August 28, 2009

Hurricanes and Harvesting


Hurricane Bill blasts the sunflowers in the front field

Sunflowers do impression of Marcel Marceau - mime walking in the wind

Harvest packed for the farmers market in Dundas. Beans, 2 types of cucumbers, scarlet nantes carrots, red and white new potatoes, zucchini and yellow summer squash. Also beets and lettuce (not shown).

The plowing match includes competition with horse drawn plows. Each contestant is given a measured plot to plow. They are judged on how straight and even they make the sods and how
square they make their lines. Difficult to do with a tractor, but even more challenging with horses pulling a single sod plow over unfamiliar ground. Skills include controlling the depth of the sod cut and the angle of the plow, plus driving a team.

Old school rigs like this riding plow and hand plows were seen during today's competition.
Antique tractors and other horse drawn equipment are also seen working in the field.
Now that's plowing!

We did OK at the farm table but attendance seemed down from last year and demand for produce was off. A lot of people planted big gardens this year. Everybody feels that cash is a bit scarce this summer. It's a a sure sign of the times.

1 comment:

Jade L Blackwater said...

Hi Susan and John - Your farm and family are flourishing!! It's wonderful to see (and hear) what you're up to at PEI.

Wishing you and your boys all the joys of a hard-earned and bounteous harvest, and a happy full moon too!