In our last few weeks of October, the trees are incredible in their impressive colors of crimson, burnt orange, deep yellows, and the sweet earthy smells of fall. The shifting foliage has come on quickly this year and will not last long. As always, the introspective beauty of our changing seasons will disappear swiftly into dark, rainy days.
Currently, we are rapidly losing minutes of sunlight. At the beginning of October, the sun was rising at 7:08 am and will push all the way back to 7:57 am by mid-December. When the sun sets, it will shorten from October times of 6:48 pm to 4:17 pm by the winter solstice. Pretty amazing that by winter solstice, we will only have 8 hours of dimly lit daytime as opposed to summer solstice when we have 16 long bright hours of sunshine, double the time! We feel this swing and our bodies react naturally to this loss or gain.
This last week, Ziggy and Andrew decided in their shortening hours to try and get the beet harvester to work on the celery roots. One might ask how something that can harvest small, smooth, red beets would work on the large, white tubers, but these farmers have a plan. First, they must get the harvester hooked up to the proper workhorse tractor. In this case, our McCormick is perfect for the job with its thinner wheels and strong engine.
They will tinker with this project for hours and will come out with a new method using, of course, all recycled implements and parts. You have to really admire the perseverance, creativity, and love of tractors in our line of work! Enjoy your celery roots and beets this week, and remember that they will be harvested by the same lovely machine.
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