This is a soybean field over in Middlesex County. Green, green, green for as far as the eye can see. Much of the undeveloped land in Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex is either timber or crops of corn, soybeans, more corn, more soybeans, corn, corn, a few blueberries, a couple of pumpkins and some strawberries. And some corn.
The pumpkins in Mathews come from Belmont Pumpkin Farm, which used to be a strawberry farm called Belmont Berries located in North, Va.
One of my very first jobs was working as a farm hand on Belmont Berry Farm. I'm not sure if I answered an ad in the paper or if my mother or sister told me about the opportunity, since my mother was friends with the lady who owns the farm and Middle Sister was in the same class as the owner's daughter. No matter, I thought the prospect of working on a strawberry farm sounded pretty sweet. Pun intended.
There's a chance I might have worked there longer than a week, but I doubt it. Instead of frolicking in the lush fields of strawberries, stopping every so often to eat them, which was exactly what I thought the job entailed, I was sent up a ladder with a bucket and brush to paint the trim on their Victorian house on the very first day of work. A very steep, dangerously angled roof was involved, and I remember thinking
Next came the tamping in the sweltering, baking summer heat. I had never heard the word "tamp" before this job (I didn't get out much), but the lady who was instructing me on my
Strawberry farm work was way too hard for Chesapeake Bay Woman, and she had to resign shortly thereafter. She greatly regrets throwing in the towel so quickly but the heat, heights, humidity and
What was one of your first jobs?