Friday, July 22, 2011

It's Corn Season

Note: This week Rachel and Alaythia are in Virginia visiting Dan and Bethany...and having loads of fun! Which leaves me to tell you what has been keeping those at home busy! So this is Hannah blogging from the home front:

Our wonderful friend Arnie, grows some sweet corn for our family every year to work up, which has been a huge blessing. We've been excitedly waiting for the fresh garden produce to ripen and he called saying that Thursday was the chosen day! Since Rachel, and Alaythia were in Virginia and Dad, Matthias, and Stephen were all working out of town that day, our work crew was smaller than usual. But we decided to see how much we could get done without them!

Thursday morning we woke up to a very wet rainy day. Not ideal for working with corn but we decided to head out to the corn field anyways and pray it would stop!

And once we got out there it stoped raining and just drizzled. Which was a lot better to work in, but since it had been raining the fields were extreamly muddy. So Ruth, Elizabeth, Susanna and I all took off our socks and shoes and got ready for a fun morning sloshing through the fields.

After two hours of picking corn we had all but three rows done and the back of the truck loaded full. So we rinsed all the mud off and hopped in the truck to head home and as soon as we started the engine, the 'light drizzle' turned back into a 'heavy pouring rain'.

Then came the fun part! Husking! We got home, ate lunch and by the time we went out to husk the clouds had lifted and the sun was shining and there was a nice breeze. It was amazing!

Our husking reinforcements!

As we husked we would play games to help us go faster. One was to see how many corncobs we could husk in 10 minutes. Our record was 145!

We husked for 4 1/2 hours and did approximately 3,000 cobs of corn.

By the end of the 4 hours we were all sun burnt and sticky but still not done!

The next step of the process was blanching. We would put them in a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes then cool them off in tubs of cold water.

About this time Abi and Joanna, Kori, Arnie, and his brother Matt came over to help!

{Thank you everyone!}

Joanna was so much fun to watch as she played in the water and chewed on her own cob

Then cutting the corn off the cob and putting it in bags. And yes, we decided it was time to move into the shade! Ah, so much nicer!

Abi is a pro at this!

This was Kori's first time and she did such a great job!

Josiah and Andrew came and we took shifts eating supper. Then they went home and we still weren't done cutting. As it got dark the mosquitoes were biting dreadfully, so we moved into the garage, put the younger ones to bed and the five of us (Mom, Ruth, Elizabeth, Susanna and I) cut, cut, cut.


Yes, this is what time it was when we finished cutting, and bagging. Then we cleaned up and went to bed! Whew! Big -- but good -- day.

All together we froze 168 1/2 quarts of sweet corn!

"Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us."
Ps 67:6


Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a BIG day. Isn't it wonderful how God can work Miracles? Drizzling the whole time your picking, then pour till your done eating lunch and the sun comes out, and you have a really nice day to do corn!!
God Bless, Twila Miller

Schumachers said...

Wow looks like lots of fun, hard work. Work with friends is always so much more fun though. We planted a huge corn patch this year too. Tabby is going to sell whatever we can't use to raise money to go to Africa this school year as a student missionary. I can't wait for ours to get ready to pick! Have a GREAT weekend! Love, Mindy

Anonymous said...

Wow! way to go guys!

Joseph said...

Well now you can all say you are true Huskers!!!! :) Congratulations! Hehe! Nothing beats the sweet corn of Nebraska!

Arnie said...

I can truly say that I have witnessed how the Lord intervenes to bless your family's endeavors. What a great experience it was to labor with you in this task! And what a blessing it was to experience your diligent work ethic and your late night perseverance. Best of all, your consistently joyful attitudes and pleasant and gracious demeanors were so infectious that you made hard work edifying, encouraging, and FUN!!! Bless you, young ladies, for the wonderful day! (And thank you, Gloria, for the delicious supper, too!)
- Arnie and Matt

Mikailah said...

That looks like fun! & that corn looks wonderful! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, incredible. Way to go!!!

MeMoRy said...

Makes me miss husking our corn a little bit (when we used to have a big garden). My family and I still laugh at the time I was talking in my sleep "looking for more corn" after a long day\night shucking corn! I'm sure y'all have funny memories like this too! :)

Ten Swamp Dogies II said...

Late nights, early mornings ;) working on the farm makes the BEST memories.

Bless you all,
The Pollocks

Anonymous said...

you shou update your website it says andrew and kori are still engaged!

Caroline said...

wow - what a blessing to have such a harvest. God is good! :-)