Each summer we now have the opportunity of helping Roger & Rozanne with their hay crop. We really do love it. There is nothing like working outdoors overlooking the beautiful views from this farm and sweating a little bit. But, being a hay farmer means that you have to really work at timing the cut of that first crop of hay. This is complicated by even the lightest of potential rain falls. Wet hay can devalue the hay by half. And, the first crop of Hall hay was further complicated by a late cut because of vacations/work schedules. But, when all was said and done, we loved being out there in mid-June. There were approximately 2000 bales that were created and we put nearly all of them in the barn ourselves! There is no better memory than seeing Nana driving the tractor while Roger, Brian and I load the trailor. This year we also benefitted from Steven’s help, Mike & Ezra’s help, and we won’t be forgetting how Sam Cloward persevered through a horrendous bout of hay fever, allergies, and asthma. This all occurring from the moment he first started to load hay. It didn’t stop him, even though he was miserable.
I hope that this continues to be a wonderful experience for my kids to participate in as they grow older. They really learn what hard work is and truthfully, working together as a family makes us stronger and deepens our feelings for one another. The 2nd cut is just around the corner. By labor day it will all be completed…and then we will be dreaming about the next June’s cut again.