From the bloggers at Roadtreking
Eleven million tons of sugarbeets stacked in one hundred seven beet piles all along the Red River Valley between Minnesota and North Dakota is quite a legacy. Well, not that we personally attended to all the piles and stacked those twenty-nine trillion-gazillion beets—we actually helped make two piles and climbed one. But at 750 feet long, 30 feet high and 70 feet wide, they were big piles.
We began this effort because of Rhonda’s grandmother. She was raised on a sugarbeet farm in the Saginaw Bay area of Michigan. Great Grandma and her mother and sisters worked the farm all spring, summer, fall, and into the winter. You see, Rhonda’s great-grandfather was a merchant marine sailor on the Great Lakes and as long as there were ships to be sailed, he sailed them, to make money to help fund the farm and family. We entered the sugarbeet experience in our own way after hearing about the Sugarbeet Harvest on Facebook. My wonderful wife’s longtime fascination with sugarbeets became a quest. As it turned out, our workcamping work was nowhere near the farm, but in the piles of beets outside the factory.
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