Autumn in the Bluegrass State


Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I recall the first time I saw the interior of a tobacco barn in Tennessee. It seems that the defining characteristic is rafters and beams everywhere. This was different than the barns I was used to seeing in Wisconsin.

    It’s also worth remembering that tobacco is a very labor-intensive crap. Looking at the picture of all of those tobacco leaves hanging in the barn, I think about how much work went into taking those leaves by hand.Report

  2. Avatar James Hanley says:

    There’s still quite an Asian market for tobacco, so I’d guess–although obviously I’m not expert–that these farmers are doing it for more than habit.

    Good pics, though. I’ve heard of these barns, but never looked up pictures of one.

    The Bluegrass State…Hmm, it’s just come to me that my maps all must be wrong, and Boise is actually in Kentucky.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    I worked on a tobacco farm for one day. I didn’t wear gloves. I didn’t go back.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    It is an amazing amount of work to bring in a tobacco crop. Unsurprisingly, it’s mostly immigrant work these days. And we’ve had a bumper crop this year.Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    Amazing that it’s indoors. Too much rain to do it outside?
    Here’s someone with coffee on a patio…Report