Short-handed Labor Day

I often feel like I’m leaving the life of some 19th century small business owner. Family and business are intricately linked. The business flexes for family schedule and the family has to give to the business.

So, when the apprentice is out of town and dad (me) is slogging it out by himself, I call in the kids. Now we’re not so 19th century that it’s as easy as saying ‘time to work.’ I had to resort to cold hard cash today to get all three off devices and into the field to pick tomatoes and pack boxes. It’s a success when we even get Graham off his device, albeit only for about 15 minutes until the yellowjackets chased him off.

Still, the family pulled together. Willem, Sylvia, and I were are well-oiled machine packing 50 boxes so I could drive off by 2 pm. Now 44 years old, I understand why my dad took me along on odd jobs about time. It’s not the strength, but the energy and drive that makes the job so much easier. Thanks Pesch kids!

In the box:

  • Cantaloupe: The rain over many days caused a lot of cracking on these, so be forewared. They taste great, but do look out for the bees who are super interested in these things. I’ve gotten three stings in the past week to prove it.
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Regular Tomatoes
  • Watermelon Radish: OK, this is the weird looking green thing that’s way bigger than your regular radish. Super pretty inside – slice and pickle a bit for radishes to add to a salad or check out ideas here:
  • Pepper Medley
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Delicata Squash: First winter sqush of the season. Simply cut lengthwise and bake upside down on baking sheet for a side (no water bath necessary).

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