March: The Fickle Season

Share this post

By Heidi Lewis

apple-blossom-transHow’s the old saying go again? “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”? Or is it the other way around? March’s seasonal unpredictability requires farmers to be prepared for a wide variety of growing conditions. Their jobs include tending to tiny baby seedlings in warm greenhouses until it’s safe to transplant them to the fields. They fix irrigation lines to be at the ready in case water is needed to combat high temperatures or a shortage of rain. Water can also be used to protect plants if there is an unexpected freeze, and some orchards even have huge heaters and fans to warm tender buds in case of a frost.

In March, fruit tree farmers in particular experience what fickle weather can do to the crucial “fruit set,” which is needed for fruit to mature. Fruit set has its tender beginnings when the soil warms; an osmosis effect brings water to the branches, buds burst forth, bees buzz, and blossom petals fall to the ground. Then—sim sala bim—baby fruit is born. It’s a delicate process where any element of extreme temperature, frost, wind, hail, or hard rain can knock the baby—cradle and all—to the ground.

March’s fickle weather also limits availability, particularly in areas that experience weather extremes, such the Midwest and East Coast. In this “in-between” or “thin” season, winter produce has been harvested, annuals (veggies that are replanted every year) are just getting into the ground, and the perennial fruits have not yet ripened.

This “pre-spring” is a good time for faith—faith that the weather will cooperate. As Gandhi said: “Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither away under the slightest stormy weather.” It’s a great time to go for a ride or walk in the country of your respective region; take in the sweet smell of the first blossoms decorating the hillside in their gossamer veils.

Enjoy and be Fruitful!

Heidi Lewis writes about farms, bees, and fruit from her home in Sonoma County, CA. She's been with The FruitGuys since they were FruitKids.


Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required


Recent Food articles:

Two Easy Recipes for Canning Stone Fruit
June 25, 2019
The health benefits of honeydew melon
June 20, 2019
The delicate flavors of white peaches and nectarines
June 13, 2019
Onions, garlic, and leeks provide many nutritional benefits
May 30, 2019
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019
Making the most of citrus season
February 14, 2019
Three hearty soup recipes you can enjoy all month
February 4, 2019
Tempting winter fruits to brighten your weekly mix
January 31, 2019
Easy meal prep recipes you can eat all week
January 7, 2019

More recent articles:

Assumptions can harm both recruiters and job seekers
July 16, 2019
Simple summer salad dressing recipes
July 11, 2019
Summer fruit varieties and when you’ll be seeing them
July 9, 2019
Easy summer pasta recipe
July 4, 2019
How to create a dress code that works all year
July 2, 2019
More employers are getting serious about time off
June 27, 2019
Don’t let plantar fasciitis pain break your stride
June 11, 2019
How to make stone fruit jams and butters
June 6, 2019
Listen and learn something new about work life—wherever you are
June 4, 2019
Five reasons to consider this extreme endurance event
May 28, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.