For a season...
The first blossoms on green bean plants trigger the start of the busy season at Lakeside Foods in New Richmond.
Erica Kunze, human resources manager at the canning facility, waits for those tiny flowers to appear in early summer and then takes a deep breath to brace herself.
"Then I can start making arrangements," Kunze said.
What follows is a mad dash for six months as the processing plant cans and packages more than 5 million cases of vegetables.