Now that we’ve discussed my research about the weather—more specifically, snow—how about talking farmer? As in Ted, Molly’s boyfriend in Dress Shop Miracles.
As a master gardener, I’m familiar with sowing and harvest schedules for home gardeners in my zone. Not so much with commercial crops in snow country. Naturally, a list of questions ran through my mind. What type of winter crop would a farmer harvest before the ground freezes and the first snowfall? What does a packing building look like? What equiptment and material would it contain? How does a farmer keep busy during the off-season?
A trip to Apple Hill during harvest season, where I walked through a packing building, had all the elements I needed. Google data and a California crop calendar answered my other questions. I had a pretty good idea of what farmers do during the winter, but I wanted to gather as much information as possible. I found an award-winning website with a blog post titled, What Do Farmers Do in the Winter? A second website broke down winter tasks by the month, with photos of Montana snow.
Pinewood Village isn’t in Montana, but farming tasks are much the same in most states: fertilization, seed purchase, plant, and crop harvest, storage, farmers’ market, export, hiring field hands, and the list goes on.
If all this sounds boring, trust me, it’s not. The details are weaved with plenty of drama and special moments at Ted’s farm. There are also tender scenes at Molly’s Pinewood Village apartment. In one scene, Ted helps her preserve a batch of his apples. Here’s an excerpt:
Ted removed the last of the pint jars containing apple-cinnamon butter from the water bath. He eased behind Molly and untied her apron bow. She tossed her apron onto the preserves cooling on the counter and then twisted around in Ted’s arms. “I’m beat. How about you? “
“I’m never too tired to hold you.” Ted kissed her on the neck, the jaw, then her earlobe.
I can’t tell you what happens next but I assure you this is a clean Christian read. I can tell you there are a lot of surprises. Life isn’t all kisses and hugs for Ted and Molly. Bad choices are made. Undeserved adversity enters their lives. As it’s true with all of us during difficult times, they needed supportive friends. I’ll reveal a few of them in the next post.
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I can almost smell the apple-cinnamon butter, that scene is heart warming in more than one way!
Thank you. I can smell it too!
I had no idea that you are a Master Gardener. No doubt with how lovely your plants look in your photos! You are giving me some much-needed courage to explore starting my own garden. The major challenge for me is deer on our property. They visit several times a day and often sleep on our side yard. I love the depth you go to for your research, making sure your story’s characters carry the weight needed to draw the story along.
That’s a hard one. Even some deer resistance plants aren’t resistant! I’m sure you experience special moments viewing them through the window . . . when they don’t have a plant in their mouths! Lol
LOL They have stolen our hearts. We dash outside with carrots to feed them when they stop by. 😄
I am an awful gardener. Additionally, we feed deer and other critters!
I’m sure your deer and critters love you!
Yes, we fed 8 deer, 4 turkeys, an armadillo, and our neighbor’s kitty (she helped herself to the opossum’s food) tonight!
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