Wednesday, September 24, 2014

S/Alphaba-Thursday

Harvesting SPUDS

S is for SPUDS (AKA potatoes)

It's potato harvest time for here in Ontario.

Harvested potaoes are emptied into a BIG truck

Traveling down a country road, my husband and I spied this orange machine harvesting potatoes and loading them on to a big white but rusty truck.

The harvester pulled by tractor

So, of course, we stopped to watch. That truck holds a lot of 5-pound bags of spuds!

Quality control?

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE 

48 comments:

Barbara Wójcik said...

:-)

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, farming scene for me is really interesting♬♬♬ Good looking tractor and must be larger scale than here in Japan.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Jette Hollesen said...

Very nice contrasts!

Hugs
JetteMajken

Bill Nicholls said...

Spud is also my Nickname, least on eof them

William Kendall said...

My parents knew farmers who grew potatoes every year. This time of the year they were exceedingly busy.

Revrunner said...

Headed for a table near you. :-)

Kate said...

So much better than the backbreaking task of digging them by hand. I'm surprised that they are not damaged by the machinery, tho.

Mersad said...

Lovely scenes from the farm.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

TexWisGirl said...

oh, YUM! have never seen a potato harvester in action. thanks! my brother-in-law used to drive trucks and such for the potato farmers in UP Mich.

Ruth Kelly said...

Someone is hard at work. When I was a girl, we all got a day off school to pick potatoes.

Linda W. said...

Interesting series of photos. I always wondered how they harvested potatoes.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Oh that would be fun to watch. I'd probably have questions though.

Halcyon said...

I don't know why, but it's always interesting to see people at work like this. I love the big machines especially!

Judy said...

I once lived near a potato field and after the harvest, people were allowed to go in and dig up the ones that were missed. Those were the best tasting ones that I ever had, right out of the field.

Sylvia K said...

Love that colorful, big machine!! And that is a BIG truck indeed! Lots of potato salad there!! Terrific colorful captures! Hope your week is going well, EG!! Enjoy!

Sandra said...

i showed this to hubby and he said look at all the jobs lost.. he remembers when they were dug by hand and i remember because i had to dig them for my dad... we did not dig, we pulled up the bush and shook them off. love the pics and what a find on your drive

Felicia said...

great series.

Stephanie said...

Nice series of shots!

Birdman said...

Pass the butter, please. I'll be a happy man!

RedPat said...

That's a great series, EG!

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for sharing the potato harvest, it is a new sight for me.. Great series.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Suddenly I want mashed potatoes and gravy :)

Ginny said...

I have never seen potato harvesting before! I never would have known what the orange machine is doing. The colors are fantastic!

Melody Harrison said...

Nice vibrant colours! :)

carol l mckenna said...

Great shots for S ~ love the colors, composition and textures!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Jim said...

We sometimes call them Spuds too. Good "S" word.

On the farm where I grew up we had a very large potato garden. We used a one row horse plow to dig them up and turn them over. Then us kids would follow up and pick them all up into baskets.
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Rose said...

Just imagine digging all of those by hand! I cannot help but think things like that.

This is really interesting. I have never seen one.

Randy said...

Oh no, they maybe headed for the masher.

Cloudia said...

Great photos, and I do enjoy the word spuds!



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Marie said...

S for spuds! Perfect! Beautiful orange harvester, too!

fredamans said...

Very cool. Not something I've seen before, and if I did, I'd have to watch too. :-)

Mascha said...

Cool pictures!
Finally I know, what "spud" means - I have a reader called Spud ;-)

Small City Scenes said...

I like watching potato harvest. MB

Anna-Karin Eriksson said...

Nice photos! When I was a child we, the whole family, harvested potatoes by hand. How easy to have machines do all the work!=)

//Scaniatjejen
http://www.scaniatjejen.se

Indrani said...

Very colorful!
Nice shots!

see you there! said...

Colorful series. I have never seen commercial potatoes harvested, just the ones in a home garden harvested by hand.

Darla

see you there! said...

Colorful series. I have never seen commercial potatoes harvested, just the ones in a home garden harvested by hand.

Darla

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I've never seen one! Beautiful colours in your photos!

Judy said...

You know, I never wondered how it was done on the big farms...

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

wow - that is surely a lot of potatoes....mnnn...fried, mashed, escalloped....

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Imagine they used to do all that by hand EG, must have taken forever!

Pam Beers. said...

Interesting photos. What amazes me is who put together the machinery to do all the harvesting? Farm equipment of this magnitude is very costly. I'm surprised potatoes aren't more expensive. Love them...cooked any way.

edenhills said...

How fascinating to watch!

Jenny said...

Years ago, my son went to PEI on a high school trip and, being a country boy,thought it was hilarious that tourists paid to dig potatoes. He appreciated the entrepreneurial acumen of the farmers though.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fancy machine. In parts of Idaho, years ago, schools would close for a week during 'spud harvest' time so kids could help. I suppose that is a thing of the past now.

jeannettestgermain said...

I love potatoes! As well as that bright orange machinery:)

Pat Tillett said...

That is a lot of french fries!
Nice photos...

Susan Anderson said...

I love me some spuds, but they're even better with that bright orange machine!

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