by Jerry Apps
The year is 1955. Andy Meyer, a young farmer, manages the pickle factory in Link Lake, a rural town where the farms are small, the conversation is meandering, and the feeling is distinctly Midwestern. Workers sort, weigh, and dump cucumbers into huge vats where the pickles cure, providing a livelihood to local farmers. But the H.H. Harlow Pickle Company has appeared in town, using heavy-handed tactics to force family farmers to either farm the Harlow way or lose their biggest customer-and, possible, their land. Andy, himself the owner of a half-acre pickle patch, works part-time for the Harlow Company, a conflict that places him between the family farm and the big corporation. As he sees how Harolow begins to change the rural community and the lives of its people, Andy must make personal, ethical, and life-changing decisions.
Mixing humor with rural history, In a Pickle is a lament for a way of farm life lost to corporate farming, but it is also a hopeful story about the strength tradition still has to inform and inspire daily life.
This hard-cover book contains 248 pages.