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Cream of the Crop by LeAnn R. Ralph

Cream of the Crop

by LeAnn R. Ralph

188 pages
Twenty (20) true stories from a Wisconsin farm.

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Category: Autobiography
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About the Book

Cream of the Crop contains 20 true stories set on my family's farm 40 years ago when small family farms still dotted the countryside.

In 2004, the owners of the last dairy farm in our neighborhood sold their cows.

I miss seeing the neighbor's Jerseys turned out to pasture. They used to approach the fence when I went for a walk along the dirt road north of my house, curious, as only cows can be curious, smelling like only cows can smell, bringing with them that sweet bovine scent of grass and fresh air and sunshine, sounding like only cows can sound, with the occasional "mooooo!" -- the jingle of their neck chains -- the gentle scuffle of hooves moving along their cowpaths.

I miss seeing the newborn calves, too, tucked away in a corner of the pasture, waiting for their momma to return from her trip to the barnyard for a drink of water.

And I miss seeing the milk truck go by and waving to the driver if I happened to be outside at that time of day.

Since 1969, Wisconsin has lost 70 percent of its dairy farms and the United States has lost 85 percent. This book is for those who remember the small family dairy farms as I remember them -- and for those who will never see a small herd of a dairy cattle grazing peacefully in a green pasture -- for those who will never know the wonder of a newborn calf -- for those who will never taste 'real' whipped cream as we did in Cream of the Crop.

Story titles include, "What's in a Name," "She'll Be Comin' Round the Cornfield," "If It Rains, It Pours," "The Lesser of Two Evils," "The Experiment," "The Mysterious Red Coat," "The Day After Valentine's," "Gertrude and Heathcliff," "Nothin' Like Homemade," and "Cream of the Crop."

 

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About the Author
LeAnn R. Ralph earned an undergraduate degree in English with a writing emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UW-Whitewater. She worked as a newspaper reporter for nine years and is the former editor of the Wisconsin Regional Writer.

 

 

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