Life on the farm is NOT kind of laid back at this time of year! (Sorry, John Denver!) Dave has been busy shaking cherries with his crew this week. (I hand-pick the Montmorency cherries we are selling at the market.) Oceana County is one of the USA’s top producers of tart (Montmorency) cherries. The cherries Dave shakes are processed into cherry pie filling, dried cherries, tart cherry juice concentrate, etc.
Meanwhile, other jobs on the farm continue: Training tomato vines, summer pruning peaches and nectarines, harvesting cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash, hand-picking black sweet cherries, picking apricots and peaches as they ripen, caring for sweet corn as it grows, monitoring for pests, maintaining equipment, keeping up with paperwork. . .
However, there is still time for a few special moments with grandchildren! Thanks to Amie Van Amberg for shooting a photo of Dave with grandson Theo, and for sharing it! This was at the end of a long day of cherry shaking for Dave, and Amie was taking 6-month photos of Theo. Our daughter Zekara put her son on Grampy’s lap, and Amie caught this sweet moment on film.