Hooray! It’s a wheat year!

As a farm wife, one of the best benefits of crop rotation is the ever-changing landscape.

I’m working from my home office today and my desk chair gives me a perfect view of the fields to the south of our house. During this morning’s conference call on next year’s product forecast, I was temporarily distracted by the tractor sweeping across the bean stubble, planting our winter wheat.

Watching a wheat crop is joyful! It will be the first field to green up in the spring, will grow prolifically throughout early summer, then manifest the “amber waves of grain” by Independence Day.

My fun-loving, wine-drinking, city-girl friends have been itching for me to host a farm-to-fork dinner party. Looks like I’ll need to pull that together for next July, with after-dinner entertainment of wheat harvest combine rides.

Hooray! It’s a wheat year!


Harvest kicks off, gardening winds down

This week, we started cutting beans, marking the official kick-off of harvest. While it will be weeks before we can proclaim the entire season “in the hopper,” we can do so for the first field of soy beans. They are coming in dry and dusty, but initial yields are encouraging.

This week also marks the official wind-down of “gardening night” with my garden buddy Julie. We pulled out what was left of the bean bushes, some over-grown beets, and a neglected cabbage plant and hauled them down to the woods for the deer and turkey to enjoy. After all that, we still had a few more weeds to clean up and manure to spread, but nightfall comes quickly this time of year.

We retreated into the house to celebrate the end of our little harvest with garden-fresh jalapeños grilled and stuffed with Gouda and wrapped in bacon. We paired them with a bottle of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay and toasted another season of “seeding, weeding, and feeding.”

Cheers to another successful year of gardening and the start of harvest!