|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, possibly, 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 Harlow begins to change
the rural community and the lives of its people, Andy must make
personal, ethical, and life-changing decisions.
In a Pickle
Family Farm Story
by Jerry Apps
University of Wisconsin Press.