Makin’ Hay

by Stefani on 2-September-2007

You know that phrase, “make hay while the sun shines”? Well as it turns out, there’s no other way to do it. Hay making has to be timed just right. It has to be cut, dried, raked, baled and wrapped during sunny weather, or else it can rot or worse, spontaneoulsy combust. For real! If you don’t believe me, you can read this article.

The boys and I saw miles and miles of beautiful hayfields during our 600 mile journey to Granny’s and back.

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We saw baling in progress and even had ourselves a sit on a big ol’ bale.

You can think nice thoughts on top of hay.

I think though, that it’s kinda easy for us city folks to take a drive in the country, look at the glorious fields of hay stretching from here to eternity, and not fully comprehend, at all, what they mean for the farmers and ranchers.

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To them, this is not merely a pretty pastoral scene. Those bales mean there was rain, enough, but not too much, and then none at all during the two week window of the hay’s prime cutting season. They mean that the rancher’s cattle will eat this winter. They mean that maybe he can even sell some, and make a little extra money. Those bales mean that his family will eat too. They represent security through the lean months.

To really fully comprehend a painting you have to know who the artist was, their lot in life, their particular vantage point. It just means so much more that way. In the same way, to understand the real beauty of a hayfield, you have to grasp the work, blood, sweat and tears, accomplishment and security that are tied up in those bales. You can appreciate a beautiful work of art, wether you know the artist’s name or not, and you can appreciate a lovely field of hay too, but when you know the whole story, you can be touched and moved in a whole new way.

Or, you know, if you happen to be 2, 5 or 6 years old, and wordy Wikipedia articles bear many yawns, you might be better suited to reading Haystack by Arthur Geisert and making some of these yummy edible versions.

Haystacks

1 bag (11 oz.) butterscotch morsels
Two cups of fried chow mein noodles
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups or so of salted peanuts

Melt butterscotch chips in the microwave in a large bowl, then stir in peanut butter. Add in your peanuts and noodles. Mix well. Scoop out by spoonfuls onto wax paper and put in refrigerator until ready to serve. (a couple of hours, if your little people can wait that long. If not, pop them in the freezer for half an hour or so 🙂

Then, you can sit back, enjoy your stacks, and imagine yourself driving through “Miles and Miles of Texas,” with wide open spaces as far as the eye can see. Delicious.

That’ll do little hayseed, that’ll do.

Sarah Jackson September 2, 2007 at 6:13 pm

That looks like so much fun. We drive home through the central valley of California and see many of the same sights, as well as grapevines, tomatoes, apricots, almonds, etc. We spend time guessing what all of the trees and plants are and talk about what it takes to put the food on our table that is all too easy to take for granted. And those other haystacks look so yummy. Mine are made of chocolate and coconut. Mmmm….

dana September 2, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Fun post. And I cracked up when I saw the video at the end. Soo appropriate.

Holly C. September 3, 2007 at 3:25 am

I notice you have a new header. So pretty!

Heather September 3, 2007 at 3:58 am

Alright! I’m back in the saddle. Boy, did I miss your posts during my internet hiatus. I loved all your pics, as usual. You’re going to inspire me to take more pics if you keep it up. I love what you said while you were gone about kids and then grandkids. I’m a better person now that I have kids, and I think less judgmental because I am so continually aware of how imperfect I am. And I absolutely love the exscuse to buy a brand new box of crayons!

Diane September 3, 2007 at 5:51 am

I just took a swing-dancey spin around the room — perfect clip!

Sarah September 3, 2007 at 6:12 am

Is that a new banner? I love it.

I have never seen haystacks made that way. At the candy store I used to manage we used milk chocolate and toasted coconut. I like your version better though, b/c I don’t like coconut!

Urban Doll September 3, 2007 at 8:23 am

What great post! I loved the video & the throw back song. Your pics are stunning! What kind of camera do you use?

Angela September 3, 2007 at 8:52 am

Great post and beautiful pictures…and thanks for feeding my pregnancy craving…butterscotch haystacks are one of my favorite holiday treats!

Molly September 3, 2007 at 12:03 pm

We love making haystacks while the sun shines. They were an important part of our Chinese New Year celebration earlier this year (at least the sweetest). LOVE your new header.

erin September 3, 2007 at 6:13 pm

love your new banner and your kiddos sure look cute on top of that hay stack.

Randi September 3, 2007 at 8:48 pm

My hubby and I owned a couple of acres a few years ago and we cut and bucked our own hay a number of times. Believe me when I say that it is hard work, especially if you have hay-fever!

Anne September 3, 2007 at 10:21 pm

The pictures are great and I love the new banner!

CharityGrace September 5, 2007 at 12:15 pm

My brother has hayed all summer. Very hard work, but it has payed off. You are right, a good hay crop represents security…So farmers and ranchers can feed through the winter…So they will have cattle to sell to the feed lots…So McDonald’s will have hamburgers to feed urban America! 🙂

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