Friday, August 15, 2008

The Corn is as High as an Elephant's Eye

First of all let me apologize for the poor quality of pictures on this post. Yesterday we had our annual family corn pickin', shuckin', freezin' day and in all the draggin of my feet excitement, I forgot my camera. So these are from my husbands phone camera. Which is almost as bad as not having any pictures at all. But hey, I was picking corn for pete's sake.

Every year a generous family in our church lets us come and pick all the corn we will need. So we load up the back of the pickup truck. Have you ever picked corn in a big field? It's not much fun. It's hot and humid. And the big long leaves on the corn plant seem to attack you. I can't tell you how many times it felt like they were slicing my face. And it's very hard to find your way back to the truck out of a big, high cornfield. And it always seems to me that if I were a big, long snake - a cornfield would be a great place to hide. Therefore, I am usually looking harder for snakes than I am ears of corn.
My family just loves my productivity.

After we pick the corn we drive right up to the pasture in our back yard. We have two horses and horses love corn shuckings. So we do all the shucking right there and make the horses very happy.
Next we proceed to our church kitchen which is right across the lawn from our pasture. The church kitchen in very large and it works great for about 12 of us working like mad to get all the corn done. We have a system, oh yes we do. My mom and son-in-law took charge of boiling the corn and then dumping it into ice water. My husband and brother-in-law and me cut the corn off the cobs and my sister and two daughters bag it.
My two neices Miah and Kaitlyn had the job of stacking the bags of corn into the refridgerator. They did an awesome job.
As you can see they were very proud of their hard work.

This group tried to convince us that they were part of the Quality Control Team.

By the time we were done we had bagged 120 quarts of corn. And even though it was very hot and tiring work, this winter we will be glad we took the day to do it. And even though we moan and groan a lot it really is a fun time as we all work together.


Lucydolls' ramblings said...

Oh Robin, that cracked me up, cause I was just thinking as I was looking at the bags of corn a friend dropped off. I gotta do corn this weekend. We always make it a family occasion too. It is nice to have wonderful corn at Christmas, huh?

Tell Chuck, he needs a better phone. haha!

Dawn said...

Wow, that sounds like a horrible job with a great outcome! Congratulations!

I'm glad to know that not all of the corn in the country has gone to ethanol!

Just Me said...

Wow..haven't done that ina long time! We also used to do it with apples. We'd go in, get all the 'wind falls', then bring 'em home for an afternoon of making fresh apple juice. Awesome memories..but yup...lots of work.

Jayson said...

We had some of the corn for dinner last night... Perfect! I just don't know what we are going to do about our lack of freezer space...

Angie said...

I have spent my time in the corn field! It is not my favorite thing. BUt I am glad you got so much good EATIN' out of the chore!!