Exhausted Yet Expectant

To be a farmer in August is to be exhausted yet expectant. This month and the work that fills it can make or break the season. This is when we make our last ditch assault against the weeds, and when we strive against repeated waves of pests and diseases. It is when we make our final plantings for fall, and when we begin our larger scale harvests of onions, potatoes, and shallots. Indeed, as the month progresses and the crops in the field begin their peak-of-season crescendo, more and more of our days will be filled with harvesting. And then we enter glorious fall, and the downward slope of the season, and the abundance it brings.