Ohhhhh my goodness... Let me start out by saying this post may sound silly to some because I am TOTALLY giddy about my experience on the farm this morning!!  I had the most fun I've ever had working on the farm and I can't wait to go back tomorrow! 

They put me to work right away harvesting garlic!  I thought I would be a little intimidated not knowing my way around a farm but the lady who owns the farm was so nice and she just showed me a couple times how to pull up the garlic and then left me to do it on my own and let me know I could go get her whenever I needed her.

It was so incredibly peaceful being out on a beautiful farm all by myself.  I set my smart phone to play some music in the background and I got to work.  It smelled lovely but let me tell you it was hard work!  There was lots of grass and weeds so it was difficult at first trying to "weed through" everything to find the garlic but once I got the hang of it the garlic couldn't escape me!  I wore my hiking boots and jeans and then just a regular t-shirt.  I was up to my ankles in mud and up to my knees in grass and weeds and since we recently had a yucky experience with ticks and someone had just informed me about chiggers I was very happy with what I wore!  Before leaving for the morning I lathered myself in olive oil mixed with about 15 drops of lavender essential oil... so I think the combination of that along with my choice of clothing resulted in absolutely NO bug bites whatsoever!

The lady who owns the farm, we'll call her "D"... pulled up in her truck about an hour later with some water for me and some fresh corn that they had just picked!  She pulled back the husks for me and said have some of this for a little boost of energy... and oh my goodness it was the most delicious corn I've EVER tasted!!  Plus it wasn't even sweet corn!  She got back in her truck and drove away back towards her homestead.  I thought it was the sweetest, nicest thing ever that she did that for me.

It's supposed to be a hot one tomorrow (as it is in most of the country I think) so my wonderful husband got a Camelback (a backpack that holds water) ready for me!  He got it all washed and set up for me so I won't have a lack of water tomorrow.  I washed up all my clothes and got them ready for tomorrow and I think for breakfast I'll have some yogurt and granola and make a smoothie to go.

This was truly like a dream come true for us... Even though my husband wasn't there he was so excited for me and loved hearing about everything I did.  I know I only spent one day on the farm so far but it reconfirmed my feelings of wanting a farm one day.  Ours of course won't be to the scale this one is... but a mini farm is definitely in our future. 

I think tomorrow I'll be helping out with some of D's specialty garlic and I can't wait to learn all I can from my new farmer friend!  Here are some pictures from my morning at the farm!
My first little batch of garlic that I pulled... just wait till you see how full this trailer gets!
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First I had to find the garlic... those are all weeds and grass you see surrounding the garlic.  This one was an easy find... some others were buried within the grass and weeds!
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Then I had to loosen the roots with a rake.
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You can kinda tell here how I brought up the garlic a bit with the rake.
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And then you pull!
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And Voila!  You have garlic!
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This is my bounty about halfway through the harvest.
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Completion of the first row!
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Now onto the next! :) This is where I took a five minute break for some delicious corn!
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And here is the full bounty of the harvest!  Delicious beautiful garlic!
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Driving the riding mower with the trailer full of garlic back to the homestead!
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I had no one to take pictures of me so I thought this was fitting... What a day!
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It was an amazing feeling to have accomplished so much in just a few hours.  I'm going to love working on the farm and I'll dream tonight of our very own one day! :)

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6/29/2011 07:36:14 am

I have that same trailer. I am glad you are having so much fun!! Our garlic is gone already. I am always amazed that we are only 3 hours away but we are about 2 weeks ahead in the growing season.

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6/29/2011 01:05:00 pm

That IS crazy that the growing seasons are so different! I still have a lot to learn but yeah... I'm having a blast! :)

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