Monday, October 26, 2009

Cranberry Harvest

This weekend we made the trek down to my parent's house to help with harvest.  My parents own a cranberry farm down in Bandon and October through mid-November is always harvest time.  It's sad that we could only make it for a few days, but October is always a busy month for a teacher and getting away for more than the weekend is almost impossible.  This was actually the first time Joe has been able to come down and see the process. People always ask me how cranberries grow and are harvested and if you are one of those interested in knowing a quick synopsis on how a cranberry farms works, scroll down below all the wonderful pictures.

Okay for those curious souls who want to know...
No cranberries are not grown in the water. The water is only for harvest. They grow in bogs which are, in our case, two acres of vines surrounded by dikes. If you are interested in what a bog looks like when it is not being harvested google it. It is a lot pretty during harvest and hence this is what always comes to mind when people think of cranberries. It definitely makes for better commercials.
There is actually two forms of harvest: wet and dry picking. Only the berries picked through the dry technique can be marketed as fresh berries. We use the wet method. To do this, you flood the bog with water when use what is called a beater to, what else, beat the berries. Then all the berries float to the top of the water and are corralled using boom boards which are two boards screwed together in a T. You string all the boom boards together and use these to move the floating berries where you want them to go. Our boom boards are yellow (thanks to a summers hard work by my sister and I who made all of them) as you can see in the above pictures. Once the berries are corralled you then push them up an elevator which moves them onto a truck. Of course this is just my take on the harvest. :) For a more detailed account, try Wikipedia, theirs isn't bad.

This is a great picture of the whole opperation

Here I am pushing the berries onto the elevator

And there is my dad making sure the berries go where he wants them to.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Pumpkin Patch

We had planned on visiting Baughman Farms this weekend, but Joe wasn't feeling well so we post-poned our trip to today. I have heard a lot about the Baughman Farms and was excited to check it out.  However, I wouldn't recomend going on a weekday (especially an hour from closing time).  Although there was barely anyone there and the light of the setting sun made for some great pictures, nothing was open and part of the fun is lot's of people.  I think next year, when Grace actually cares what we are doing, we will try a weekend trip.  It may be more expensive, but I think the price will be worth it.  Who knows, we may even try a different one next year; one with a corn maze :)

Actually they grow at the Mogford house.

That's one scary spider.

Grace's face in this one cracks me up!

Picking out a pumkin... I think I'll take the one that's smiling.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Grace had her first taste of solids yesturday and did quite well.  Today she couldn't wait for the food to get to her mouth.  So cute!

All done


Every Fall Joe and I celebrate our birthday's just days apart.  This year I made Joe a Seahawks helmet cake, and it turned out pretty well.  See for yourself:

I can't wait for Grace's first birthday... what fun I will have with that cake. :)

We also celebrated by getting my sister to watch Grace and going to a movie.  The movie:  Surrogates.   Joe is in a discipleship group on Thursday night's, so we went in the afternoon and basically had the theater all to ourselves.  I didn't have high expections (there are only so many movies playing at 4:30 on a Thursday), but it wasn't bad.  Don't get me wrong, it was no blockbuster hit, but it was entertaining. 
It has also become a tradtion to go to Red Robin with the Hortons for our free birthday burgers. Lexy's birthday is a day before mine. I know, you're only supposed to use one coupon per table, but they always let us use all of them, and this time we splurged and got garlic fries (an extra 40 cents) and a pop (we're big spenders I know). 
For my birthday, we invited my sister and her boyfriend over and Joe made me Pad Thai, from scratch I might add.  And it was DELICIOUS!  Who knew my husband was so talented in the kitchen? 

Here are a few pictures from Red Robin: