Saturday, October 11, 2008
This week (and half of next week) is harvest vacation for the kids. B had been wanting to drive out to some of the potato fields and watch the harvest--after all, since we're in Idaho right now, we might as well witness something the state is world-famous for. We heard reports that it would snow today (it did--there is snow on the ground right now), so yesterday we decided we needed to go before it was too late, and as soon as B came home from work we drove out to experience a little bit of the harvest.
These machines dig up the potatoes and load them into big trucks as they move through the field.
Truck full of potatoes (the driver thought it was pretty funny that we were taking pictures).
There are lots of potatoes left behind in the fields after harvesting. Many farmers let people glean the leftovers apparently, but this field had been harvested earlier and the potatoes exposed to the frost, so I'm not sure they could still be used. And today we had snow, so is harvesting done for the year? I'm not sure, but it was fun to see some of it in action while we could.