Wednesday, June 13, 2007
A Walk Around the Block
Each evening Brent and I have been taking a walk around the block. The weather has been pleasant --- warm but with gentle, cool breezes. There's always something interesting to observe, whether it be animal, bird, or foliage. This evening we enjoyed observing the beautiful organic fruits that will be available soon. The cherries are ripe and seem to have been saved from splitting due to recent rains. And the blueberries, oh-la-la, they are plump, ripe, and abundant on the bush. The Fuji apples are growing and starting to take on a gentle blush. Grape vines are a study in green with tiny clusters of grapes growing in the shadow of their leaves.
Tomorrow the blueberry harvest starts. The field will be filled with pickers and you'll be able to hear their cheerful chatter and singing as they work. Our neighbor just branched out into the blueberry business three or four years ago, starting with a patch on our block. It's done well, so well in fact, that this early spring he planted another 100 acres of blueberries across the highway. They also built a large steel-building for their processing plant and the first of their stainless steel machinery has arrived and is ready to go --- starting tomorrow. Cherry harvest has been in full swing for several days --- it's time to hit the Farmer's Market!