<p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Having grown up in the city, my agricultural experience was mostly limited to a backyard garden and visits to u-picks in the summer.&#160; I had a conceptual idea of what happened on farms: Spring planting, Summer nurturing, Fall harvesting, Winter planning - A cycle that repeated year after year.&#160; Since joining the Organic Box Family 4 years ago my eyes have really been opened up to the great deal of hard work that goes into each season and how many crucial steps I was missing.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">In addition to weeding, pest management, soil health and equipment maintenance, summers mean hard work from sunrise to sunset.&#160; Hard work takes lots of hours and many hands.&#160; Aside from actually doing the work, farmers also have to manage and administer to the people they employ.&#160; </span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">When it comes time to harvest, picking the produce is only the first step.&#160; Depending on the fruit or vegetable, a&#160;</span>unique piece of equipment may be needed.&#160; What about transportation from the field?&#160; A bin of radishes gets pretty heavy, a tote of greens is fragile and needs to be attended to quickly after harvesting.&#160; Once picked, each item has to be inspected for quality and bagged or bunched for shipping and selling.</p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Whether it is a bag of cherries or a bunch of green onions, someone has lovingly and expertly assembled that food.&#160; </span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Only then does the journey begin to bring that food from the farm to market, or in our case, to the warehouse for packing into your boxes.&#160; This step requires carefully arranging the produce into a delivery vehicle.&#160; Then the vehicle can hit the road into town.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Once emptied, the truck then returns to the farm to be loaded again the next week, or the next day or even the next hour if the need arises.&#160; It is true what they say: Summer is a time of hard, never-ending work.&#160; We are grateful for the hard work of our dedicated farmers all summer long!</span></p>