I zipped around the farm by bicycle with Mark yesterday afternoon. This is news because it was his first spin since he broke his leg the first week in February. It was a cautious ride, but enough to qualify as a zip. His leg is sore and weak, but his internal radio is tuned once again to WFRM, all farming, all the time. This is a good thing, considering the season.
The drained fields are ready, despite this week’s hard, heavy rain, and the next three days are our window for the biggest planting push of the year. Yesterday, the whole team focused on potatoes, first cutting the oversize Kennebec seed potatoes into golf ball sized pieces, then hauling them to Monument field, where Jenny and Liam had Jake and Abby hooked to the potato planter.
Watching Jenny and Liam work together reminded me of our first years, when Mark and I were a team of two. I am not nostalgic for the brutal hours nor the stress of startup, but watching them reminded me there is something precious about working hard together as a couple. It’s a facet of a relationship not many people get to explore.
Like taking an arduous trip together, it pulls the shield of romance off of a relationship, and reveals its strengths and weaknesses. My friend Cydni, who grew up on a ranch and married a cowboy, says you should make sure you work a cattle chute together before you say I do. I think you should plant potatoes… [Continue reading Kristin Kimball’s Essex Farm Note.]
- Essex Farm: Alien Asparagus (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Stereoview: Northern Essex Bay (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Union School (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Stereoview: View of Essex from North (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)