For the last two weeks we have been seeing fine arrays of carrots appearing at the part of the farm nearest to us. They are carefully lifted out of the trailer, which is usually hitched to a tractor, and are laid out, again with care, onto the tarmac. The soil is then washed from them with a high pressure hose.
Not long after the cleaning treatment, the carrots with their long elegant green fronds, are deftly tied by hand into presentation bunches. When the shallow boxes arrive from local retailers, the bunches are gently placed in them – there’s no rough handling – and the boxes are lifted into the vehicles. That is the last we see of them.
These are part of today’s harvest of carrots:
General Farm workers have to be multi-skilled and multi-taskers on some farms. At the farm near us, they usually work in the agricultural machinery repair business, and fulfill the tasks required to keep the farm running.
Checking two kinds of stock:
I buy eggs from the farm; one of the workers who lives on site keeps chickens and can be seen with her traditional deep wicker basket collecting the eggs from favourite laying places, about three times a day. Today, having seen those gorgeous-looking carrots, I decided it was time to return some empty egg boxes, buy anew, and see if there was any other fresh farm produce for sale.
The shop at the farm is not a farm produce shop, it is an agricultural vehicles spare parts business. (Farmers have to be versatile and be able to diversify these days to make a living). The eggs are sold from the spare parts shop and sometimes, if I am in luck, I’ll be able to pick up some other fresh farm grown vegetables while I am there.
My luck was in, not only were there some eggs left for sale, there was a small stand outside the shop, on which rested some swedes, lovely big light green cabbages and guess what…..a couple of bunches of carrots. My purchases of six eggs, a swede and a bunch of carrots cost me the princely sum of two pounds.
P.S The pictures were taken from a distance.