Once again! We made it. We were back to our normal "crew", all visitors canceled "claiming" they written assurance their would be even enough pay for the days work to justify the trip here. I can also see "next" year, we're going to have to make sure Rodger's in MORE of the pictures...he TOOK all of them, and we obviously didn't think about getting him to 'star' in a few! 🙂 Oh sure, some prep work began earlier (see earlier blog post).....and the day before cousin "J" came up for a while to help clean and trim the cucumbers, and get a start on peeling garlic...that was a great help.....we even had time for a great lunch at John St Cafe with Bhakti!!!! **they had my all-time favorite dish special that day, you MUST try it sometime: "Short Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta & sauce" . . yum. and of course..... Friday night, a little "inspection" of things in general always show up a little list of things to get done............ THEN........... Saturday morning! 0830 hours! Nancy Minor arrived first and was ready to work! Soon J & Bhakti were there and, as always happens, getting that first batch or two going, is a bit awkward until our "flow" kicks in, and we get into a smooth operation.....after all THIS crew's been working together for a few years now.......... (we ALWAYS remember J's mom, Nancy Purvine who began this little pickle mission years ago, but passed away from a Mursa virus ....we ALL still love to share our memories of her on this day............ **and of course, that's how J and Bhakti got into this task...they inherited their "position" !!! Hah. First issue to find was: SO MANY of these cucumbers were awkwardly LARGE so getting them stuffed efficiently into the jars was going to be a little tougher than normal....... NOTE TO MARK for NEXT YEAR: **DO NOT arrive at the Pumpkin Patch down on the Island right at 0900 opening....all the produce that's out is the stuff that didn't sell yesterday...... ya gotta go a little later than 0900....10:30 OR 11:00 NEXT YEAR...... So the crew awaits El Marko's prep of the 1st brine batch..... just who is it we're gossiping about says J ? 🙂 So here we are before the first batch, getting into production: ....peeling, trimming, packing, measuring, and on and on: Yep, THIS year, picking out the right cucumbers was a little harder task since they were large: and just a few hours later, and a great lunch at Helvetia Tavern (cheeseburgers for all!!!)....the jars are getting lined up for Rodger's Photo Studio to photo the result: Our Boss, Ms. Nancy M must ALWAYS approve whether the lineup is perfectly set: AND.......I'm not sure this crew looks as tired as we might actually be.....but we're a proud bunch by 3:30 pm: Now, Mark, make notes about what went right this year, and reminders what to get ready for next year!