Last weekend, we camped with a couple of farmer friends and I noticed that tendency has not disappeared. In a day when six-figure combines are directed by GPS and a myriad of technology developments have changed farming, there is still the almost genetic urge to make do with simple, clever homemade add-ons when that will work. It's not that non-farmers are not imaginative; it's just that that kind of innovation seems a part of the the farm culture.
They provided entertainment too. One night when the topic around the fire was raccoons, I was especially amused by a tale of a raccoon who got trapped in a combine that was subsequently taken into a shop for repairs. The next morning, the repairman found the raccoon sitting on his desk and a record on the security camera of the animal running rampant in the shop all night.
Finally, before we left, I was blessed with a surplus of tomatoes and peppers from one farm garden. It isn't often that we return home with more food than we started with. I recommend camping with farmers.