This has been a crazy week for me!
Monday was the start of potato harvest. I have never experienced it before as the farm hasn't raised potatoes since I got involved with DH.. but I have heard stories - good, bad, and downright frightening. I wasn't sure what to expect (how many of the stories were accurate?!).. and I was even more surprised when I heard it was tradition for the women to wear prom dresses the first day on the harvester. I only went to my senior prom kicking and screaming.. the last thing I ever expected to wear again was a prom dress!
For those not familiar (and I sure wasn't), potatoes are dug out with the craziest piece of equipment you will ever see, a potato harvester:
That sucker has 5 different conveyors which go 4 different directions! When it's running there is no time to take video, as everyone is frantically picking either rocks out of the potatoes or potatoes out of the rocks.
And yes, I really wore a prom dress (over my tshirt and jeans!).. yay for goodwill 50 cent tag days.
After the digging is done, then it's time for grading. This is the grading set-up:
The process removes the potatoes from the initial truck, moves them along so all the rocks and vines and not-good-enough potatoes can be removed, then loads them into the tractor trailer to get hauled. In this case, the potatoes are going to a french fry factory.
The harvester is actually a lot of fun. It's almost like a video game come to life, as you never know what is going to pop out and need to be ready all the time. I keep joking with Keith and Gina they need to market it not as work, but as gaming practice and get some kids in to help.
The grader is fairly mind-numbing.. it's amazing I haven't been dreaming of potatoes after doing this all week!