Miss E loves farm equipment just as much as she loves farm animals. She went into a storage building with Uncle Robbie, Grandpa Fred, Daddy and me last weekend to check out the equipment and make sure it would be ready to go for harvest.
She rode on the old Allis Chamblers,
climbed into the combine,
sat on Daddy’s lap in the truck,
and listened to Grandpa Fred talk about the harvest plan.
Harvest is very late due to the wet weather in North Dakota but finally my dad, brother and crew have started combining but rain once again stopped them last night. If you want to follow a farm family during harvest, my mom does a fantastic job capturing daily pictures and stories from the GriggsDakota fields as well all the food it entails to feed the harvest crew. Miss E talked to the farm crew last night by phone and is ready to get out there and lend her helping hand. Actually she is hoping Grandpa Fred is saving her seat in the combine for her this weekend.
One of my favorite harvest moments was captured last year in The View 90 miles from Wal-Mart as Miss E sat in her pink boots on a hay bale with barley harvest in the background. One photo is now a part of an advertising campaign on the prairie and many of you have seen it. To me that isn’t just a cute photo, it represents six generations of a farm family in the fields. There’s a story with deep roots that is in the GriggsDakota fields. That is why that when our kids love the farm, can’t wait to get to farm to harvest and never want to leave, it fills me with pride. They are alongside my grandpa, grandma, dad, mom, brothers, sister, uncle and cousins. I never thought twice about the farm as a kid and wanted to get as far from the farm as possible most of my teen years, but now it’s a pure joy for me.
And pure joy will come on the farm if the rain holds off and our fields can dry out, here’s to sharing our rain with the drought stricken areas and letting the harvest continue for farm families.
Happy Farm Girl Friday. For many, a favorite part of harvest is the result of it which is ample food supply. Whether it’s in a field or a garden, what’s your favorite part of seeing harvest in action?