Monday, October 19, 2009

Rice Revisited (Saturday)

I have previously blogged about the rice fields near our home.

This is harvest season. We've been following the progress with great interest during our morning walks and runs. Peeee-EWWWWW….. when the fields are clear they burn and put really rank smelling manure down….

This has yet to happen directly across from us, but I'm sure it is coming. We've seen it in fields on our drive to base and back.

Across from us the fields have turned from green to yellow. The paddies have been allowed to dry out for a few weeks.

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Saturday a man and woman turned up to cut the rice.

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After the field is cut, they tie it into bundles and leave it standing in the field to dry. What happens if it rains? Hmmm…

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Jared read the next step is threshing the rice from these dried stalks. FINALLY, it is sent to a shop to be polished and bagged.

I was excited to find big bags of rice at the Farmer's Market. YOWZER the price was incredible. It was the equivalent of a bit more than $90 for 25 - 30 lbs. I suppose I'd best keep buying it in the 1lb bags from the commissary. ::snort::

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7 comments:

Yvonne said...

Very exciting!

I loved catching up with you this morning, De'Etta. Vacation blogging is an excellent idea!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing the pics! The boys will really enjoy seeing the rice harvest pics

Kristine said...

Great pics. Interesting about the cost of rice, wow. Food definitely seems to be more expensive there than we are used to paying.

Janette said...

I am collecting your pictures for a Japan unit:>) Hope it is OK with you!

Anonymous said...

Sis: love catching up with you. Glad to see that your farmer at least has a better way of harvesting than with just bolo's and knives.

Bet the newly harvested rice is delicious. I loved the non-processed stuff.

l/p Mom T.

Kristine said...

Must add: Trevor and I are reading The Samurai's Tale. There was mention of a recent rice harvest, so I brought Trevor back to your blog to see pics of what it looks like.

:D

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Ah how fun Janette and Kristine. I love you using the blog in this way.

I am still so very sad that our Japanese Lapbook was stolen and very happy that we had photos of it on the blog. LOL