― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Though Dillard is talking here about trees, the response carries through to all parts of Nature, including agriculture. This is certainly the case at this time of year on the farm, when the heat comes hard and fast, and with it, an utter abundance of produce.
Not only does a hefty crop arrive in full force, but there is a finite window with which the harvester must act. Otherwise it is back to the ground and back to seed.
The Gasga brothers and Jack are pulling long shifts these days, tending to the fat melons on the vine and peppers hot for the picking.
All this makes for long hours both in the field and the warehouse, as the crops demand not only harvesting, but cooling, packing, and shipping as well.
It is messy but beautiful work, and part of the reason we love what goes on here.