The Big Dig

This winter was empty of construction projects:  a calendar clear of big manual labor allowing for more day trips, lots of marketing and analysis, and a simpler schedule.  Clearly this is past tense. Present tense brings the announcement that Stonecrop Farm is constructing a brand new, twice the size, improved layout walk-in cooler.

We’ve been toying with the idea for a year or more (one quarter of its life span) but hesitated because the perfect location just wasn’t clear.  We brought in the experts — my mother in law and my daughter — to point out what they saw as obvious.  It belongs here! 

By “here” they meant the hillside outside the current packing house.  By “here” they were pointing to an embankment of clay held in place by a beautiful stone wall.

Bert and I saw an undesirable task.

Before the first rock was removed. The site of the new cooler.

It took 80 small loads of clay and dirt  shoveled little by little over a three week period to take it easy on our wintering selves, but thanks to the help of my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, and Stonecropper Bri (who got to help finish it off) we did it.  And now the fun begins.  We get to dig footers.

Masters of the pick and shovel.