Southern California is famous for it’s glorious weather, and many people move here for the sunshine. I must admit that I moved to California after a particularly difficult winter in the northeast in 1977. It was such a luxury to see flowers in the winter, be able to schedule picnics without worrying about the weather, and to go without boots, heavy coats, and shoveling show. I didn’t care if it ever rained at all ….until I married an avocado farmer. Continue Reading →
Happy New Year! I made this Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup today because the weather has been really cold here in San Diego county. It’s an easy soup with lots of flavor and healthy vegetables. I’ve been craving the rich beefy flavor of my mother’s homemade soup as we were growing up in Vermont.
This isn’t my mother’s recipe exactly, because I made it up as I went along, but it’s really good! Continue Reading →
It’s springtime in the avocado groves! The trees started blooming weeks ago, but by now the hills are a mass of yellow blossoms! You can hear the bees buzzing in the grove as they pollinate each tiny blossom. The tree in this photo had a few “off blooms” in January, and the fruit has already had time to grow into plum-sized avocados. This is one reason that some avocados are mature enough to pick very early in the season, and others take longer to be ready.
With such nice weather, I’ve been getting out to ride around and watch the progress of the springtime bloom! In today’s post I even have a video for you!
Just about one year ago, in February 2017, Janice Person came to visit our farm. It was her very first visit to an avocado farm, and the Southern California was dressed up in green, with lots of wild flowers and gorgeous scenery due to all the wonderful rain. I was hobbling around on my bad knee, waiting for my meniscus surgery date. We had a great time together, but neither of us ever got around to writing about that day. We decided to share our experience with you this weekend, both at the same time, because once again it’s February in the avocado grove! Continue Reading →
It’s a brand new year and I’m so glad to reconnect with all of you! When I wrote my last post in May of 2017, I shared a wonderful video about how avocados grow, which was filmed on our ranch last March. If you missed it, here it is:
I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be posting again until 2018. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you have seen much of what I’ve been doing since last May. I just haven’t been ready to get back to writing here on the blog until today. Continue Reading →