I had a wonderful opportunity the other day to go with a friend to harvest potatoes at her friends farm. The farmer was worried about late blight so he was pulling the potatoes early. As we were in the field cutting down the plants with the machete and clearing the row a huge storm blew in. Rain, thunder, lighting and dark stormy clouds. We decided it best to not hold the metal machete in the middle of a flat field and headed to the barn. We rode out the storm in the barn, talking and eating watermelon and watching the barn swallows swoop in and out for a quick dip in the rain.
After a while the storm cleared and the rain stopped so we headed out to the field and we were greeted with a beautiful rainbow, which turned into a double rainbow. We finished clearing the row and the farmer pulled his plow along turning the soil and popping up the potatoes. We, along with a family complete with 3 rambunctious boys who thoroughly enjoyed the puddles and mud created by the rain, pulled at least 200lb of potatoes from the ground under a beautiful double rainbow.
For my work I was rewarded a sense of connectedness with the earth, a wonderful evening with friends and a 5lb bag of spuds.
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