October 12th is National Farmer’s Day, a day to honor farmers, the hard work that they do, and the important role they have played in our nation’s history. Beth, our Customer Service Rep and resident Shiloh Farms expert, lives on a working farm that has been in her family for over 200 years. In recognition of Farmer’s Day, she reflects on her life growing up on the farm and documents a recent wheat threshing:
“I grew up, and still live, on our family farm. I have wonderful memories of baling hay, picking rocks from the field, being chased by our red rooster, and bottle feeding calves and lambs. My dad used all the modern farm equipment, but always had an old John Deere tractor or two sitting around. Over the years, collecting old tractors somehow turned into collecting old farm equipment – threshing machines, hay balers, wagons, and other implements associated with harvesting wheat.
Now, each year, there is an ‘Old Time Threshing’ on my farm. Threshing is the process of loosening the edible grain from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. My dad’s threshing involves old threshing machines (that I think resemble dinosaurs), a steam engine with an earsplitting whistle, lots of belts connecting the machinery, and plenty of manpower:
Our ‘Old Time Threshing’ is a great ‘play time’ for all the local farmers, young and old – both those who remember harvesting the grain this way and those who are just interested in keeping the history of farming alive.“