I always have the perception that June is a special month, the greatest thing in my life used to happen in this month.. Far away from home have not been the exception!!
One of my sisters said: “June is just another month but you wanna make it special” maybe that is true, maybe June is just another month like my sister said but I still wanna believe that is special and I wanna tell the reasons why June was special for me: to start is Summer!!! we always have the chance to see shining sun.
From Hoch Orchard and Farm in Minnesota this is How my summer looks!!
weeding onions at the garden
the contact with the mother nature, touching the soil full of life with your hands. This is the first strawberry harvested in the year, oh God!!! that was a heavenly flavor. Once I asked Jackie- What is you favorite thing about living in the farm? She answered: “When we are having a meal and the table is full with food from my farm, taste different”.Whoever plant a seed will harvest that is What my grandPa used to said. But not everything is rose color especially when you have to weeding with 89 degrees, sweating… I remember telling to Courtney (my workmate) “this is not How I thought my life would be like” 🙂
the Crew unloading grass!!
Of course I never thought I will be working in a farm 8 hours per day six day per week, getting dirt, sweating and hurting my back, carrying heavy things, smelling like dirt.
but When see the beauty around, the capacity to grow your own food, plants being so tiny and then big and proud after facing storms, hot days, intense rains. Can you see Courtney’s face? yeah that is the same garden than the first picture, and both were taking in JUNE.Strawberry is one of my favorite fruit from this area, and again June is the month for their harvesting season!!!
There was something else that happened this month: The World Cup!!! the soccer competition take place every four years, probably everybody have talked about this but as an Ecuadorian fanatic I lived it with a lot of excitement until point to paint my face, make a special schedule at the work (asking for days off even if I have to work sundays), I brought my Ecuadorian flag, my t-shirt all for this party. Ecuador went to Brazil World Cup for third time after have participated in the qualifications with others 10 teams from South America. I was really lucky my bosses decided to join me in this celebration making them became a little fanatics too. Jackie my lady boss helped me to put my flag in the car. Sadly Ecuador didn’t pass to the second round but for me was a great happiness to see them competing.
Jackie and I
The farm made a solstice party a lot people came to share good food, enjoy a tour around the orchard, tasting cider and a wonderful bonfire and this was the last view I had at the longest day of the year.
apples are growing slowly and while we wait for its busy season, the raspberry season is just right in the corner everybody at the farm call it: (madness season) I would like to see why the call the raspberry season in that way.
Children’s day, my birthday, my father’s birthday, father’s day are other of the reasons why I think June is so special, I will enjoy my last day of June and wait for another special month in the farm: because here everyday is an adventure even when I try take rest in the ground Juniper (our puppy) will make trouble.
enjoying my time at the North!