A Farmwife Can Dream Right?

It’s harvest-time… which means I’m laying by the pool, eating popsicles and working on my tan.  Haha — a farmwife can dream right?

Although that’s what I wish I was doing… in reality while “the men” are out harvesting, I’m doing my little part to help make their life a little more pleasant during their long, hot, dusty, itchy harvest days.  Instead of working on my tan I’m working my own business, trying to fit in endless hours of yard work, fighting with my old lawn-mower (grrrr), doing my best to keep our kids happy and busy while they’re out of school, and taking meals out to the field (a.k.a tailgate dinners) for my Farmer and crew.

Make no mistake, I ain’t no hero and “the men” probably don’t do their happy-dance when they learn that it’s my night to cook.  Luckily for them, they’re only stuck with my cooking 2x/week.  2 of my sister-in-laws, my mom-in-law, and I share the “duty” of preparing meals every harvest season. It’s a good farming-family system. :)

Take-Out

“Give me the debit card please.”  That’s what I said to my Farmer when it was my first day to cook this harvest.  I had just returned from the lake with the kids, our house was a disaster, the grass was so long it was heading out, there wasn’t a stitch of clean clothing in the house, the cat litterbox was overflowing, the dogs were out of food, I had at least 80 emails waiting for my response, I had a website that needed to be finished coding by the next morning, I was in serious need of a nap… AND I had to take supper out to the field for 10 people in a few hours.  Ya sure no problem right?!  NOT!  Although I hate to spend extra $ on meals for the field… there are days when I am most thankful for take-out food from the blissful Town of Elie that I pass through on the way to our grain farm. ;)

Elie Grocery

First stop… Elie Grocery: 10 can drinks, 10 bottles of water, 20 cookies, and a bag of ice.

Elie Hotel

Second stop… Elie Hotel:  10 loaded cheeseburgers, 10 orders of onion rings, and EXTRA ketchup

Now why is it that I feel like a failing farmwife when I resort to take-out?  I should feel like a WINNER… dang the burgers from Elie Hotel are delish… like INSANELY delish!  But it’s true… I feel like a failure when I show-up in the field with take-out… as if I’m not doing my part, and I seriously suck in the farmwife department. Perhaps I just have the sense to know that I can’t do it all?!

I grew-up spending many days during harvest with my Grandma.  I would tag along to the farm with my Dad, and while he was in the field I’d stay at the farm-house with Grandma.  She was a rockstar… seriously!  Every day during harvest she would take lunch out to the field for “the men” (typically sandwiches, cookies, orange Koolaid and coffee)… and then she would have supper ready and waiting for when they came in from the field late at night (always a superstar spread).  She would spend her entire day harvesting vegetables from her garden; making home-made soups, cookies, cakes, and breads; packing lunches, doing dishes, preparing supper and doing more dishes… and NEVER would I hear a complaint.  She was awesome, and I loved spending days with her helping and visiting.

Harvest Happiness

Harvest time brings happy times… yes, there is some serious goodness in these long, exhausting, hopeful days.

My Farmer and our daughter Jenny in the combine. Adorbs aren’t they!

Me… although smiling, experiencing heart-failure while my Farmer is on top of moving combine taking a sample while I drive.

Our son Matt

Our son Matt with his Grandma Fossay… he loves to go visit her and play a game of cards when he’s at the farm during harvest-time.

Canola

In the combine with my Farmer to grab a quick Canola sample… he’s hoping it’s dry enough to combine.

Canola

And here’s the sample… it was dry enough, so I say my good-bye and hope that he’ll be home before midnight.

Harvest Moons

Although practice hasn’t made things perfect for this farmwife… after 16 years of preparing harvest meals, I’d like to think that I have a few good meal plans under my belt.  Quick, simple, cost-effective… and hopefully “the men” will like it.  That’s what I strive for, alongside finding meals that will taste great after sitting for hours or days on end.

“Bring supper for six at 5pm”… 30 minutes later, “Change of plans… bring supper for ten at 7pm”… an hour later , “It’s raining, you won’t need to bring supper”… after I’ve already prepared enough food for 10 and packed everything up in the van.  Gah!

Although this can be frustrating… I’ll continue baking, cooking, packing, delivering, cleaning and dishwashing for my Farmer and the crew, so we can put meals on our table and provide food for others too.

Although my meals aren’t rockstar like my Grandma’s were, I’m doing the best I can and am grateful for the harvest each year brings us.  And while I wait for my Farmer to come home after a long day, I always take a moment to look at the beautiful harvest moon. Today was a good day and tomorrow will be another good one on the farm. :)


6 responses to “A Farmwife Can Dream Right?

  • Alison

    Awesome … Some of my best memories are colouring on the floor of the combine or taking a nap behind the seat (in the old days). So wonderful to know people in this world still value the simplicity of life.

    • fayefossay

      We share some of the best memories Alison! Packing my bag for combine rides with my Dad was so exciting! We had the best talks, I mastered all the songs on the radio, I took the best naps, and I have the best memories! I’m so thankful that my kids are able to do the same with their Dad. :)

  • Sabrina

    What a great post Faye!
    I feel the same…a woman cant do it all on the farm. Luckily this year Austin can drive the men around, I’m so thankful for that, what a time-saver! But don’t tell Derek that his “fantastic” sandwich I packed for him was a $5 package of meat from Walmart! LOL they actually have great Montreal Smoked meat! Anyways, Happy Harvesting!!!

    • fayefossay

      LOL Sabrina! Perhaps I’ll grab some of this Montreal Smoked Meat from Walmart when I do my grocery run later this week! Yummy and cost-effective… I like it! :) Happy Harvest to you too!

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