Cool mornings, warm afternoons as area youth help local potato farms in Aroostook County get the golden nuggets out of the ground. Youth learn work ethic, know the farmer needs them to harvest the crop.
As a kid, our winter clothes were bought with money from our earnings. Part of the harvest savings could be spent on a toy...but saving it, and using it to buy our winter jacket was the tradition for all families in the area. Everyone growing up picked potatoes, enjoyed their lunches lovingly packed for the field, had friendly spirited potato fights during break downs of the digger or during lunch. Local field workers learned frustrations of running out of barrels and getting behind, having their water jog run over by a farm truck picking up barrels. The fellow next door is getting tired and the section market seperating your mission to pick each pass of the potato digger is heading away from you, making your obligation larger. But you don't care because the picking is grass free in this field and you are dreaming about a new mini bike or guitar or whatever was highlighted in the Sears catalog that mysteriously comes each start of harvest in "The County". Aroostook County's population all worked the harvest growing up...and this first day of fall is a special one. Clear, crisp air, blue skies, fall colors starting to spring up along the countryside. Visit the Maine Potato Board's site. 25 second loop of the above image has had over 1700 views on you tube.
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