Now whether you grow Oregon hazelnuts or have lived your whole life thinking of them as filberts, there is a lot of pride around what we grow in our orchards here in the Willamette Valley. While the hazelnut doesn't have the is more the up and coming nut when compared to the almond or pastachio, we are working as an industry to make it more known and more common place.
I thought I would post something after all the drama of measure 92 had passed, but it's looking like that might be a bit longer than I had anticipated. We are headed to a recount that will be done by hand, to see if the 800 votes that the measure went down by will hold.
Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to write to tell everyone to have a wonderful start to the holiday season. Personally I love this time of year because it means life on the farm is slowing down just a bit.
As a farmer today I think that we have a certain level of responsibility to the public. When I'm talking to farmers about this, I know it's frustrating, because in the end, we all just want to farm. It's what we love, out in the field is where we want to be and in the dirt is where we are comfortable. But today with such things like the Internet and social media, we have to step out of the dust, wipe the mud from our smart phones, and type a blog about what we are doing. Why? Because people who are eating the food that we are producing care, and they want to know what is going on from farm to fork.
I think one of the hardest things for me to help people understand about farming is the absoute risk that it brings. Much of that risk is there because there are so many variables that we can't control. One of the main things I"m talking about here...the weather!
Our final harvest has begun and boy does it feel good to be on a solid homestretch to November...November means there is finally time to sit and have a cup of coffee without a million things to get done before the weather turns! I am looking forward to November!
I haven't posted too many "about our farm" posts lately. So I thought I would recap all of harvest. My excuse is that I had an infant this year during this busy season, which made it pretty hectic to get our lives together for any period of time long enough to actually type a blog post.
I feel as though I ask myself this question everyday now. Where has the time gone? And then I think back and I know exactly where it has gone. It has been eaten up by dirty diapers, late nights, long harvest days, cooking meals for the harvest crew, making lunches, doing book work, paying bills, staring at my little son, cleaning the house, greasing equipment, moving tractors, making plans for the farm, feeding Hoot...rinse and repeat! And all of these things bring a smile to my face.
Last night I realized that we have been harvesting for about a month and a half now, and I then quickly realized that it's ok that I'm feeling a bit worn and a lot tired. Even with this feeling though of weeks of long days in the field and long nights with an infant, I still can't help but love this time of year.
Harvest is by far the most rewarding time for me as a farmer. We work a whole year to keep our crop alive, we nurture it, feed it, and take as much care as possible. Then come summer we head out to the fields with the combine to see if our decisions that were made last October through June might have paid off. This year some did, some didn't, we don't talk too much about those that didn't. More just file them away in the "hey we tried that once" portion of our brains and move on. The good ideas though, those that worked, we mention those often, a few were so good we even high fived (because I am cheesey).
So if you ever think back and wonder where has the time gone, take a moment to really think about it. Remember all that good stuff and then go on enjoying the moment now.