It was a chilly somewhere between fall and winter day when Delinda Sorrells and I left the coziness of the Sorrells Farms retail store and made our way out to the Sorrells Farms pecan orchards, Delinda anxious to show me the farms in action and me not really knowing what to expect or exactly where my story would go once we arrived.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not much of a farm girl; I spent way too many hours working for Fred Davis to have much love left in me for all that goes with that type of work and yet, I have to admit that seeing firsthand the fruits of the hard labors of Kinley and Gayland Sorrells, along with those who work alongside the father-son duo, did make me wonder if I should have given the life a second chance somewhere along the way.
It was the sheer beauty of the place that first grabbed my attention, the orchard obviously manmade, and yet feeling so totally peaceful and undisturbed.
My whimsical thoughtline did not have long to grow because within a few moments, Delinda and I were off to find a very literal Kinley, who was hard at work on the harvester, knowing that even with every single hour they can manage, it will take them until about March to finish this season’s harvest. But first, Delinda stepped out of the truck to show me just what lies under those rows of leaves.
It wasn’t long until we saw the harvester making its way down the row toward us. In the next series of photos, you will see exactly how the pecans are moved from the ground into the harvester.
As I told you, I’m taking you on a backwards harvest here, and there are some things that have to happen before Kinley can put the harvester in gear.
We still are not back to the first, however, because the harvest can’t happen, and the raking can’t happen, until Gayland has done the shaking!
Obviously, I’ve given you the nutshell version, no pun intended, of just what the growers mean when they say that they are “harvesting.” The work is hard and yet, at the end of the day, the Sorrells family does love life, the family business, and the work they do. You can’t ask for much more than that, can you?