This afternoon we had a Beautiful drive from Ephrata to Royal. Gentle rains fell, and the farmlands around us were spectacular. Come take a look at this heavenly place:Alfalfa:Onion seed:Corn:Hay loads being transported:Potato fields:Wheat:Peas:YUM!Cherries under cover (protection from the birds):Raniers:Mint:Sweet Peas:Tyson Allred is the Best Tour Guide in Royal. After we got to Royal, Tyson and I took a drive (while Pres Lewis stayed home to read letters). We drove through the Allred farms and the neighboring farms to see how things are growing.
Here are the pea fields. These peas are almost ready for harvest. We picked as many as we could carry and we ate them all!Here’s how the field looks before it’s harvested:And here’s how it looks after it’s harvested:The harvesters cut the pea plants, strip the pods from the plants, then strip the peas out of the pods and spit everything back out on the ground, looking like this:Quincy Foods harvest the peas–they send in their harvesters and do all the work.These 14 huge harvesters stopped for the day after cutting one swath around the outside of the field. The peas were not quite mature enough. They will wait a few more days.You can see where the cutting stopped.One of these machines costs almost $1 million. There were 14 lined up and waiting to go.Justin, the mechanic from Quincy Foods taught us how the harvesters work.Pretty amazing. They do the job of 1000s of grandmas on back porches shelling peas!
Here is a new crop of corn coming up:
Have you ever seen what it looks like when you graft a tree? This was an apple orchard that didn’t perform so well last year. The trees were cut, and branches were brought in from a neighboring orchard. The small branches were grafted into the trunks.You know the graft takes, when it begins to leaf out.Every so often in the orchard, you find a pollinator crab apple tree: Fuji Apples:This netting is to protect the trees from the western sun, so the fruit won’t be sunburned:Beautiful orchards and valleys:
Cherries! These will be ripe soon. Everything is about 3 weeks behind schedule this year because of the long winter and the cool spring we’re having.Because of the rain, many of the cherry orchards had fans blowing, or sprayers blowing the water off the trees. If the cherries are wet and then get warm, they might split, which would be disastrous. Farmers work hard to keep the cherries dry.By evening, the rain stopped and the sun came out again. It’s light until almost 10:00 p.m. here. The evenings are golden and beautiful.I could happily live here the rest of my life. This farm country speaks to my soul.