I encourage you to spend some time reading Herrick Kimball’s new weblog, The Deliberate Agrarian. Herrick writes books, designs gizmos (such as the Whizbang Chicken Plucker), makes and sells excellent garlic powder, and now chronicles his agrarian experiences.
I admire the care with which Herrick writes, making sure all the details are included, not fussing up his prose with clever and showy phrasing. The word pictures he paints are full, rich, and deep. Read On Picking Strawberries in The Early Morning and Boys Working Together to see how evocative simple and unadorned writing can be.