It's strangely quiet for an early October afternoon at Flying A Ranch in Ashton, Idaho. Trucks and tractor, potato windrowers and grain combines sit idle and unfamiliarly dust-free, waiting for the ground to dry enough for them to roar out of hibernation and do the work for which they were created. Mother Nature has been a tad inconsiderate to farmers in the gorgeous, mile-high Fall River country, unloading just enough rain (and occasion snow) to kee the Flying A's Atchley family out to their fields for harvest.
Potato Harvest at Oliver and Russell Baum Farm abt. 1955. Filmed three miles east of Ashton, ID
Story and photos by Tyrell Marchant - Potato Grower Magazine
The Family Man - Michael Steinmann of Ashton
It's a bright, frosty morning in early October, the kind of morning you can tell is going to be perfect for spud harvest. Unthreatening clouds float across the sky, occasionally obscuring the autumn sun, and the hills north of Ashton, Idaho, are aflame with fall foliage.