While the crew is out harvesting wheat all day, my mother-in-law and I like to lay by the pool and eat our bon-bons while working on our tans.
In our dreams!
In reality, while the crew is out in the fields, my mother-in-law and I are doing our part to help make life more pleasant during harvest.
Making life more pleasant during harvest for our crew means keeping them well-fed.
During harvest–although there are some days when the crew will come to one of our houses to eat inside– the majority of meals have to be prepared, packed, and hauled out to a field somewhere.
Adam told me the other morning that he likes going to a house to eat a meal during harvest–but when that’s done they lose enough time that could’ve been used to cut 23 acres of wheat. And with the constant sense of urgency in getting all of the wheat cut before the summer storms, there’s not a lot of time to stop and enjoy a meal in the comfort of our air conditioned homes.
Enter the proverbial chuck wagon here…
My mother-in-law, Cindy, has perfected feeding the masses.
She’s a rock star!!
Cindy provides delivery service of quality meals to fields twice a day–shortly after 12:00 and at 6:30pm.
It’s like a picnic–for the Duggar family, but with less kids!
I’m her helper.
And while it would be easy to make a massive amount of ham & cheese sandwiches every day, ham & cheese sandwiches every day would get pretty old, pretty quickly.
So Cindy mixes things up.
Yes, sometimes a nice cold sandwich is really all the guys want to eat, but they also like (and deserve) some hot meals.
Whether it’s cold sandwiches or hot meals, a heck of a lot of food is made during harvest.
We officially started harvest on May 28th this year. We were out of the fields due to rain for three days.
Between May 28th and today, there have been days where we have needed to feed up to 12 people per meal.
With so much food being made for so many hungry mouths, our kitchens have been transformed into lean, mean, food prep machines.
I refuse to show you pictures!
And with so many hungry mouths to feed at every meal, a heck of a lot of trips are made to town to pick up groceries during wheat harvest.
And with a heck of a lot of trips made to town, our brains start thinking in bulk…
A loaf of bread has 24 slices (not including the ends). That’s enough to make 12 sandwiches.
A Crystal Light package contains enough mix to make 2 1/2 gallons.
About two pounds of ground beef is needed to make enough Sloppy Joes for each person to have two sandwiches.
A family pack of single serving chips contains 32 bags.
A cookie recipe makes about four dozen cookies.
The guys like bananas, nectarines, and peaches.
They also like bottled water, and an occasional afternoon (around 3:30) sweet treat like a candy bar.
You can do the math to figure out what our grocery bills look like during harvest time!
I don’t want to think about it.
Some days I think we are harvesting the wheat in our fields just to make enough bread to keep feeding our crew.
In reality, according to http://www.kswheat.com, Kansas farmers alone produce roughly 380 million bushels of wheat each year.
That’s enough to feed every man, woman and child in the world for an entire week!
Now THAT would be a lot of meals to the fields!
So we’ll continue baking, mixing, shopping–not to mention cleaning and dishwashing– packaging, and delivering for our sweaty harvest crew so we can help provide meals for others, too.
It was good seeing you as I drove by today…. We finished on Wed. morning…. I like you feel like I just fed an army and then some…. As I look into my frig. this morning, it is empty and I wondered where all the food has gone…. I guess it is time to make new menu’s and restock the kitchen…. Hope your harvest is over soon….
You’re lucky that you can get Adam to stop–LOL. If I’m lucky Jer will slow down long enough to let the ladder down and let me crawl up in the combine with his food 🙂 Sometimes he’s nice enough to slow down to let me out too–LOL 🙂
Yes, I’ve been eating my share of bon-bons around here, too – NOT! We don’t have nearly as big a crew as yours, but there is definitely an art to remembering everything that needs to go along with you to make the Meals on Wheels effort work. One year as a young mom, I left the pie on the stove and didn’t realize it until it was time to serve it. It was 12 miles away, so they did without dessert that day. I remembered the baby, though. That was more important. 🙂 I’m glad to be done with yet another year, but isn’t it bizarre that we’re done about the time we got started last year?! Always an adventure … Thanks for sharing yours!
I found you via the NAWG facebook post yesterday. Fun blog, keep up the good work. I was amused by this post, smiling through most of it. I am an Idaho farmwife and just did my pre-harvest grocery shopping several days ago. Most women don’t understand what wheat harvest means for a farming family. Harvest started on our farm yesterday and we are ready for the four week adventure!
Thanks for checking out the blog, Jamie! Wheat harvest is an adventure for sure. I love wheat harvest, but I’m also just as glad when it’s over 🙂
I joked many times this year that my massive amounts of cooling cookies means one of two things: it’s Christmas time or Harvest time!
Wishing a safe and blessed harvest for your crew!
Stumbled across your blog via pinterest and I think it’s great! We farm in Canada and we grow our own crops as well as custom combine for other local farmers. We usually start in August with winter wheat and go until November or so with the last of our crops being corn and sunflowers. It can be a very long season at times. Us “farm wives” take turns feeding the crew. There are four household represented, so it’s manageable! My boys love to visit the harvest crew and catch a ride with Dad or Grandpa. Looking forward to reading more about life on “your farm”. Here’s one post from my blog about our harvest this year: http://www.sonyatoews.blogspot.ca/2013/08/and-so-it-begins.html
Thanks for the comment!! It’s always neat to see where people come across my blog. We are in the middle of sowing wheat AND harvesting soybeans. It’s a busy time around here, too! In fact, I’m about to head out and deliver sandwiches.
Here’s to a safe and bountiful harvest!