Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.


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Thomas hitched up the trailer then asked the girls to get in.

“Where are we going Tommy?

“We are going to have our lunch then you can help me load this trailer with carrots from the field. Then they have to be washed and then taken to the wholesalers in Newcastle.

“Can we go with you?

“I don’t see why not as long as you don’t mid sitting on a pile of carrots.

“Well we are wearing this uniform so I guess it is alright.

“Come on then hop on or we will be here all night.

“We have a lot of carrots to pick before dark.

The girls got onto the trailer; Thomas started up the tractor and away they went.

It took them fifteen minutes to reach the field where the carrots were.

The field is empty said Janice.

“They are buried underground Janice.

“It will take the three of us a week to dig up this field.”

“No it won’t; you will see.’

They sat on a patch of dry grass near the hedge where they could hear some chicks in a nest chirping away.

“What kind of birds will they be asked Miriam?

“They are most likely to be hedge sparrows. Once the covers are pulled back to expose the earth there will be hundreds of birds here.

So the ground is covered then said Miriam. Yes we cover the carrots in the autumn then we dig them up again in spring.”


“Well the market gets flooded with carrots then and we don’t get the prices that we want for them; by burying them until now when they are scarce in the shops we get a bigger profit margin on them.’

“You are very clever Tommy.”

“Not me; it was my fathers idea.”

This practice was done by the Saxon farmer’s way before my father used it but they covered the crop with just straw; we use straw and polythene covers that keeps the heat in and the frost out.

Thomas passed them each a plate then gave them both a slice of his mother’s pie and some cheese scones.

He handed them a bottle of fresh milk that he’d got from his cows that morning.

This is delicious said Miriam; unpasteurised milk tastes far better; it’s so creamy.

“Here is a piece of my mothers cheese that she makes to put in your scones.


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