Friday, August 12, 2011

Almost the End

I have one week left and then it's time to head back to Wisconsin! I can't believe the summer is almost over!

Well, we have started receiving more trucks which means second crop is starting. The tank yard is busier than ever. We have over 300 tanks full of the 2011 crop! We only need another 200 to reach our goal for the season. We fixed all of the machines last week, but now they are still causing problems when we are unloading trailers, but they always say things only break when you use them. I still can't believe that we have over 300 tanks full and that there are almost 300 empty yet.

This experience has been awesome! I have met a lot of people and have learned a lot about the raw product industry. I even met some of the people from the companies we ship to. I never expected to have learned as much as I did, but I learn something new every day about the company and the industry. I wish school started later so I could see how the season finishes. I would recommend this internship to anyone willing to work long hours and someone who wants to learn a lot about the cucumber/pickle industry!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Start of Second Harvest!

We finally finished the first crop only to start the second! Last night we started unloading trucks from the second crop and we had a lot of trailers brought over to the tank yard. We currently have 275 tanks full of 2011 stock which means we are half way to our goal. We are hoping to have all 505 empty tanks full by September 12th, which means my last few weeks are going to be busy!

Over the past week, I have switched from working days to nights to get the "full" experience and I have really enjoyed working both shifts. Not only did I get to collect samples during the day, but now I am unloading trailers and working with the cleaning crew at night. My responsibilities have changed a little, but I enjoy the night shift because I was finally able to see the yard full of trucks and the craziness that occurs. There are a lot of vehicles moving in different directions at night which makes it confusing to figure out what's going on, but I think I finally have the system figured out. I have also been able to work with more people on the night shift and have a bettere understanding of why we were in a rush to get tanks emptied, cleaned and ready for the new stock. I can honestly say I wish I would be here until the season was over to watch the last tank be filled and the last truck to pull out of the yard, but the season finishes around the end of October. This has been a great experience!

Did you know: The average American household purchases pickles every 53 days and more than 67 percent of all households eat pickles. That is a lot of pickles!