In the olden days, the best reason for anticipating fall was the prospect of finally having a payday when the crops were sold. With the exception of watermelons and fruit, our main cash crops here in Parker County weren’t harvested until fall. I always despised picking cotton, but I never minded gathering pecans or threshing peanuts. Although it was hard on the land and depleted nutrient and organic content from the soil, we often baled the peanut vines for hay each fall. This gave us all the hay we needed for the coming winter.
While harvesting the crops in the fall was hard work, culmination of a good fall harvest, getting the banker paid off, and having a little left over for Christmas was a time of delight. It didn’t happen like this every year, but when it did, it was even sweeter. After harvest, we could rest up over the cold months of winter and eagerly anticipate picking fresh “poke salad” in the coming spring – one of my favorite times of the year, I think …
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.