When I was growing up, harvest was the time of year when our whole family pitched in to bring in the crop. Every family member had a job, whether it was driving the combine, hauling grain to town with the trucks or preparing meals. With custom baling in the mix, “harvest season” for us started in May with the first cutting of hay and didn’t conclude until the last bit of cornstalks were baled up for customers in late November.
Preparing field meals was a shared responsibility, and we each had our specialties. Aunt Janelle made the best scalloped potatoes; Mom made the best potato soup, and somebody always had a pot roast in the crock pot. My favorite meal to make was homemade Chicken Pot Pies. Since the crew never seemed move at the same pace, or be at the same end of the field at the same time, these pies were perfect. Each person had their own pie and they kept warm waiting for the tractor to come back around. These little pot pies contain meat and potatoes all in one dish – perfect for our crew!
Now that I married into a farm family, I’m continuing the tradition of taking chicken pot pie to the field. I’m always looking for new ideas, too. Do you have a favorite field recipe you can share with me?