This is a post from our very own Director of Operations, Justin Rearden.
Peach season. It’s like running a marathon. An extremely hilly, challenging marathon. One in which you push yourself harder than you ever thought was possible. But, after all of the training and hard work, you cross the finish line and they hand you a medal and a cold beer. In this case, they hand you five months of freedom and exploration.
As a long distance runner and frequent marathoner, this is the closest I can even begin to explain what peach season is like. Before working for The Peach Truck, I worked in advertising and engineering consulting. These jobs, though challenging in their own ways, were like going for a stroll around a very small block compared to working for a seasonal peach business.
I love the hustle of this business. I love how we move quicker, push harder and dream bigger each season. When the peaches are picked in May, it’s like the gun going off at the start of a race. Working with one of the most temperamental fruits is bound to have challenges, just like a surprise hill in a race. But, we trained for this. We learn and hustle until, like a mirage in the distance, we cross the finish line.
The finish line for me is traveling the globe with my wife, Lyndi. I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop in Porto, Portugal listening to new sounds, tasting new things and most of all, seeing how others live their lives. Travel might not be your “finish line” but I urge you to train, stay hydrated and chase that dream. If it’s scary, chances are it’s worth it.
In the words of one of my greatest idols, Steve Jobs, “The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.”