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Friday, June 10, 2011

Taking Meals to the Fields...

When the guys are in the fields planting, harvesting, spraying, fertilizing, etc. they like to have the meals delivered to the fields.  If they are close to home, they will come in the house and eat, but if they are far away I take it to them. 
At the beginning of the season I am a bit rusty, but by the end I have my groove back and have it down to a Science.

Everything is loaded in the Tahoe...
Plastic ware....check!
Beverage of choice (on this particular day it was sweet tea)...check!
Paper towel (always keep a roll in the Tahoe that way I don't have to worry about packing napkins)....check!
Clorox Wipes (I have learned this is a necessity)....check!
Main Dish (this day it was Hungry Jack Casserole and Cottage cheese)...check!
Ranch dressing (another necessity in this family)...check!

Two cutie pies...check!...
Mel has been taking meals to the fields since she was about 2 weeks old!

 Every. Single. Toy we own....check!
 (Just kidding!  I wish those were the only toys we owned!  It would make picking up toys go a lot faster!)

The grub all set up and ready to be devoured...

 The guys break for a short time and then it's time to go again...
I keep dropping the hint to Brad that we should get a big van and gut the inside.  We could put a table and chairs in it.  It would be nice if we could rig it so it would have a refrigerator in it so I wouldn't have to pack a drinks all the time.  I could also keep a constant supply of paper towels, plates, plastic ware, etc.  Oh how nice it would be not to have to pack up all that stuff.  Just throw in the main dish and the dessert, strap the girls in and go!

A while back we were at a semi dealership and they had an ambulance for sale. 
I said, "That would be perfect!  It already has the seating.  We would just have to add the table and refrigerator!"

And then, if I get the van....or ambulance...I could start a catering business.  In the Spring and Fall I could drive around the area and feed the local farmers!

Hey a farm girl can dream, right?


  1. Meals to the field are so much work but worth it when you are sitting out there! Fun pictures. LOVE this post.

  2. I think that is an awesome idea! You know how many days J has told me he didn't eat lunch because he was out irrigating? I think you got somethin there! ;)

  3. Uhm..... I think you just turned your chuck wagon into a camper! ;-) That would be cool!

  4. Just get a camper or an RV then the girls can take naps and such in the fields and you can spend quality time in the tractors and such with your hubs!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by the blog Sarah! It is nice to "meet" you!

    You have a great idea converting a van for meal in the field but the ambulance would be awesome!!!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

  6. I've been doing this for 26 years. I think the longest stretch without a break for meals in the field was 46 days one harvest. I remember the days of strapping the kids in the car seats to go with me. Whew! It's been worth it!!

  7. I have many fond memories of going to eat in the field with my Granddaddy. Grandmama would fix "dinner" and we would take it to the hayfields and eat on the back of the truck or trailer. When she died, I got her old trays that we carried lunch on... Precious memories.

  8. I'm always amazed at all of you that bring complete meals to the field...my dad, uncle and brother-in-law have to make do with sandwiches - sometimes hot, sometimes cold - when they are in the field. Though I do have memories of walking across the fields to deliver supper to them as a child.

  9. From time to time I'll pack up lunch and we'll tailgate at the dairy with Daddy. It always seems like a pain to get there, but so worth it once you're outdoor dining. Love that you got to sit under a tree... the girls will remember always! And... hubs appreciates it! ;)

  10. there you go...that is a great idea...

  11. This is just the way of life during wheat harvest in the Oklahoma Panhandle. I've tried to find somewhere on the internet for just a site as this. Thank you so much for your blog!!! I've done this for 35 years and still struggle at getting things ready to go, packed and delivered. I do have my crock pot recipes that I use. Love getting new ideas!


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