The snow has arrived, the lakes are getting closer to freezing and for farmers everywhere, harvest season is finally coming to a close. Throughout the fall, the fields, farms and vineyards across Yates County were bustling day and night to harvest the crop planted in early spring. Harvest season is one of my favorite times of the year because it’s during harvest when farmers literally reap what they have sown. The long spring days of planting, the stress of Mother Nature not cooperating and the daily grind of getting the job done all come to fruition in the fall when corn is harvested, cows are fed and grapes are processed before the winter months arrive.
One of the reasons harvest is my favorite time of year is because of where I live, Yates County. As a lifelong “ag-vocate” and lover of all things agriculture, I can’t help but boast about the agriculture that can be found throughout the region and specifically, throughout Yates County. It is such a unique and diverse county with a variety of farms calling this land their home. Lakes, wineries, vineyards, dairy farms, crop farms and so much more are what bring a unique perspective to Yates County agriculture. With the overall number of farms in this country decreasing, we’re lucky to be surrounded by an area that thrives on agriculture and Yates County is no different as it is one of the few places in the country where the number of farms is increasing.