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Old 12-05-2014, 02:29 PM   #21921
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We do get melons, watermelons, and other veggies and fruits during our growing season. Needless to say we have plenty of local apples. And not only during the growing season. Apples and potatoes are stored after the growing season under controlled conditions as you know. Broccoli, salad greens and other foods are available during our growing season. Along with berries of all kinds. Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, etc. During our growing season we have plenty of produce available to us the day it is picked. Not all of New England consists of only rocks, in spite of what you may have heard. A lot of farmers have built walls with those rocks and creative for themselves a productive land for farming.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:45 PM   #21922
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I was going by what you presented in your store's flyer as being less expensive because it takes longer to ship it to New England. Florida oranges, California celery, lemons, and avocados, Fresh Express salad from my dad's old backyard in the Salinas Valley, South Carolina rice, etc. And right now, summer berries are coming in from South America.

We're talking about now, not July. Remember that you don't actually get salable produce until at least 30-60 days after planting. So your actual harvest season for warm-weather produce is about two months. T'would be mighty difficult to last the winter with only local produce.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:07 PM   #21923
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I was going by what you presented in your store's flyer as being less expensive because it takes longer to ship it to New England. Florida oranges, California celery, lemons, and avocados, Fresh Express salad from my dad's old backyard in the Salinas Valley, South Carolina rice, etc. And right now, summer berries are coming in from South America.

We're talking about now, not July. Remember that you don't actually get salable produce until at least 30-60 days after planting. So your actual harvest season for warm-weather produce is about two months. T'would be mighty difficult to last the winter with only local produce.
And with that said, I don't buy produce from Peru. There have been too many problems with their food stuff. Starting with poisonous spiders. But I do get oranges from Cal. and FL. I make an effort to buy American if it is something I need. And I am not to fond of buy Mexican foods either. I would have to say that the majority of my produce is from CA. or FL. at this time of the year.

We have a patch outside that the maintenance workers have planted their produce this past summer. I recently noticed one of them working there with his hoe. At this time of year? It seems he planted a bunch of root veggies and his is placing straw over the patches. He will pull what he needs throughout the winter months. He is a young kid and has a family to feed. They will be eating well.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:21 PM   #21924
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Z, your produce in mostly shipped in from Texas. So it costs less for you than it does for us.

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Take a look at what we are paying up here.

... The south has a farm belt in Texas and has a longer growing season than we have up north. We usually get our first frost around the end of September or middle of October. And we don't start planting our vegetable gardens until after Memorial Day. If we are lucky. So we are unable to provide a lot of our food for a longer time than the south. We have a much shorter growing time.
I'm responding to the above and you're continually changing the subject.

What am I doing? I'm heading out for a box of wine and get the weekend started! Have a lovely afternoon!
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:08 PM   #21925
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I was going by what you presented in your store's flyer as being less expensive because it takes longer to ship it to New England. Florida oranges, California celery, lemons, and avocados, Fresh Express salad from my dad's old backyard in the Salinas Valley, South Carolina rice, etc. And right now, summer berries are coming in from South America.

We're talking about now, not July. Remember that you don't actually get salable produce until at least 30-60 days after planting. So your actual harvest season for warm-weather produce is about two months. T'would be mighty difficult to last the winter with only local produce.
Your Dad's old backyard still hasn't changed much.It has in ways.
Some of the local growers are now experimenting with growing potatoes.Up higher closer to the hills where the rocks are last I heard.Huge windmills are being built.I think they're just eye sores.But hey, if it helps the farmers cut costs and the local economy by providing jobs for people it can't be all that bad.I'm just too used to seeing beautiful green farmland as we drive by.Salinas Valley as you probably already know isn't called the "Salad bowl" for nothing.
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:16 PM   #21926
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Your Dad's old backyard still hasn't changed much.It has in ways.
Some of the local growers are now experimenting with growing potatoes.Up higher closer to the hills where the rocks are last I heard.Huge windmills are being built.I think they're just eye sores.But hey, if it helps the farmers cut costs and the local economy by providing jobs for people it can't be all that bad.I'm just too used to seeing beautiful green farmland as we drive by.Salinas Valley as you probably already know isn't called the "Salad bowl" for nothing.
Yes, even though he moved to the Sierra Nevadas about 10 years ago, he still goes to professional meetings and visits friends there and talks about the economy of that area. At his house in Spreckels, the lettuce fields literally wrapped around two sides of his property. It was amazing to see.

As a master gardener, though, I'm not thrilled about some of the farming methods the large producers use, but I understand that it's not possible to feed 300-million-plus people using traditional methods alone. It's a dilemma.
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Yes, even though he moved to the Sierra Nevadas about 10 years ago, he still goes to professional meetings and visits friends there and talks about the economy of that area. At his house in Spreckels, the lettuce fields literally wrapped around two sides of his property. It was amazing to see.

As a master gardener, though, I'm not thrilled about some of the farming methods the large producers use, but I understand that it's not possible to feed 300-million-plus people using traditional methods alone. It's a dilemma.
Was he as shocked to see those things as I was?
It had been a while for me to go that way and see those sticking up like a sore thumb.HEY!

The drought has hit just as bad for people down south Fresno area.Like up here it's cheaper to sell off the land to home developers than it is to grow a crop.Guess the mega new homes are better?

Were all paying the sticker shock price for produce to.Even though it's grown in our own back yard.
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Just finished making some little gifts for friends that we are seeing tonight. I saw these really cute ceramic dutch ovens at AC Moore, and I just had to buy some. I baked gingerbread in them to give as gifts, and made some really chocolate filled chocolate chunk cookies, with Belgian dark 70% and milk chocolate, they are delicious, I even browned some of the butter to give them more flavor.


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I am not techno savvy but, with the help of a computer forum, I successfully made a system repair disc (to boot up pc if it crashes)! Not rivetting news I know but feels like a huge achievement!
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Those look fantastic, BC!

Creative, I think that's a great accomplishment, congrats!
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