Autumn- Getting the Harvest In

A busy time of year for the farmers, especially in South Western Ontario. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that we lived in Mennonite country. These are simple people who don’t embrace many of the modern day conveniences that we take for granted. Even some of their farming practices are old fashioned by our standards.

Horses have been by here.

Horses have been by. Note the wagon wheel ruts.

On a trip along country roads you might see Mennonite farmers using horses or antiquated farm equipment, probably purchased from more modern farmers who have upgraded.

Roadside stands dot country roads where local produce grown in gardens tended by farm wives and their children is sold to us non farmers.

Firewood is split and stacked, fruit is picked and preserved, and grain is harvested.

A Mennonite farm wife picking apples

A Mennonite farm wife picking apples

For a Mennonite farmer this means hand stooking the sheaves of grain to dry it and then thrashing it to remove the kernels. This needs a lot of hands to accomplish. Good thing they have large families.

Hand stooked wheat

Hand stooked wheat

Many stooks

Many stooks

Many more stooks.

Many more stooks.

A field of stooks. Back breaking  work for a farm family.

A field of stooks. Hot, back breaking work for a farm family.

It is a very different scene on adjacent farms where they have all the latest equipment and acres can be combined in one step and the wheat and straw is taken off in a day.

round bales can only be moved by fork lifts.

round bales can only be moved by fork lifts.

Modern tractor gets the job done.

Modern tractor gets the job done.

A combine at work.

A combine at work.

With the right equipment any job is easy.

With the right equipment any job is easy.

Wagon load of grain

Wagon load of grain

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