Fruit Games and RainPosted on April 13, 2009
If I were a betting man, I'd wager most of you know about the board game "Hi, Ho! Cherry-O." It's a simple game, originally released in 1965, where a spinner tells players how many cherries they gain or lose cherries each turn. The winner is the first to collect 10 cherries in a bucket before birds eat them. This game mainly teaches children counting skills, but as Bruno Bettelheim would be sure to point out, players also develop an appreciation for random chance. It's an understanding useful to all of us in our daily lives, but for farmers, the element of chance in terms of the weather is crucial to a good harvest. For those of us with window boxes and flowerpots at home, perhaps the element of chance is whether or not we will remember to water them.
For farmers, an awful lot gets left up to the chance of rain. And having enough rain isn't the only concern, though during the West's recent drought years it has been a serious one. For certain crops, such as strawberries, too much rain can be a problem as well. Ripe strawberries are so porous, the berries absorb moisture from the rain. If they are picked wet, they begin to decompose. Wet berries must be left on the plant and a strawberry grower has to hope for a sunny day tomorrow that will dry them out before they can be picked. Too many rainy days in a row and some of the berries can be completely lost.
Our friends at Martinez Farms in Watsonville, CA are playing the rain-game this week with their delicious organic strawberries. To paraphrase Jim Morrison, we'd hoped to pluck these "dusky jewels" in time for all our Monday West coast crates this week, but because of the rain their strawberries will only be in the Tuesday through Friday deliveries. But don't fret, Monday customers! You will have some wonderful organic blueberries or Muscat grapes instead.
Whether you are West Coast, Mid-West or East Coast, you can see exactly what's in your box on our In the Mix page here. Any questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-877-FRUIT-ME. Enjoy and be fruitful.