Widowed during Hay Season

It’s hay season on the farm. The last couple of weeks we made all of the hay here on Polyface proper and this week, they’ve been making hay on one of our rental farms.

Hay season is the time that I become a widow for a while (and also hunting season, but that’s another story for another season). The guys work from dawn till dark to get all of the hay put up in the barns before the rains.  It’s a very technical process. The grass must be cut and dried, then it’s raked, then baled and picked up. If we get an heavy moisture after it is cut, they ted the hay before raking it. Tedding is a method that flips the hay over and spreads it out so that the underside dries as evenly as the top.

I didn’t get a chance to get pictures from this week, so I thought I would dig back and share photos from days in the past.

This picture was taken when Daniel was just a boy. We don’t drop bale anymore except on hills, but I love this picture so much I had to share.
The baler is the most complicated part of the process, so Joel or Daniel always run it.
A hay wagon is attached the to back of the baler and the hay is fed directly to the guys on the wagon.
The hay just keeps on coming…
and coming…
And sometimes we goof off for the camera.
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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.

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