There’s rain in the forecast for tonight and into tomorrow.  So, it’s all hands on deck today to get as much done as possible before we’re forced to once again shut down.  This means I’ll be preparing a few additional lunches since there are extra people helping with harvest today.  If we’re able to go late,  it might be a 2-sandwich day.

Lunch prep is part of my job and I have to admit that I don’t dislike it.  I don’t get crazy and deliver piping hot lunches to the field like some overachieving farmwives – I’ve tried that using styrofoam covered containers and it just never works out. Too messy and is never as hot as it should be since something always comes up on the way to the field. So, it’s just a sack lunch here.

I’ve gotten efficient at it and use the assembly line method on my kitchen counter. I do try to put a nice sack lunch together and put some thought into it.  It’s a piece of fresh fruit, a couple of snack items like string cheese, crackers or granola bars (for later in the day), some kind of dessert like a couple of cookies or a brownie, a bag of chips, and of course a sandwich.  And the sandwich, being the keystone of the lunch, must be on fresh bread with plenty of meat piled on and include cheese, onions and lettuce.  I’ll add pickles on occasion but I find that if a sandwich containing pickles is not eaten fairly quickly it can make the sandwich kind of soggy.  I vary the kind of bread (rye, whole wheat, sourdough and Italian make a rotation), meat (usually beef, turkey, or ham), cheese (cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, or munster).  The chips can be Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Barbeque, Cheddar, or Classic Potato Chips. I even like to switch up the condiments; my mustard collection is extensive (dijon, honey, stone-ground, spicy, classic yellow, etc.), although I always use Hellman’s mayo – never Miracle Whip.  Each sandwich also gets a light shake of Nature’s Season, an all purpose seasoning.  The sandwiches get wrapped in Saran Wrap, not a plastic bag, since the bags are usually too small for the thick sandwiches.  If I use the larger bags, the sandwich will slip around some and may fall apart. 

Okay, after writing this out it does seem a little anal, but I like to give the guys something decent to look forward to.  I greatly appreciate the hard work that they do and the long hours that are required during harvest season.  It’s the least I can do.

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