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Mariposa Market
500 South Main Street
Willits, CA 95490
(707)459-9630
   Store Hours
9 AM to 7 PM
Monday-Friday
9 AM to 6 PM Saturday
11 AM to 5:30 PM Sunday

Deli Hours
9 AM to 5 PM
Monday-Saturday
11 AM to 4 PM
Sunday



THE SUMMER OF NO WATER

By MARY ANNE

Even though Willits has water in its reservoir, the outlying areas are quickly running out of water. Every day I hear stories about someone who no longer has water, and even at my home where we have good springs the water has slowed down to an alarmingly low output. We had some rain in Northern California, but most of the state is experiencing the driest year in history. With water allotments from the Federal government at an all- time low, many farmers have chosen to let their crops go this season. As we move into the hottest part of the summer, we are likely to see hikes in food prices and the unavailability of some California grown produce. Most affected are tree fruits and tomatoes. We have seen several gaps in watermelon production as well.

On the positive side, the lack of moisture has meant a quality year so far for stone-fruit, which often suffers from mold, brown rot, and other disease in wet years.  The peaches and nectarines are super juicy and mostly sweet, with little propensity to break down. The apricots were excellent. We sold nearly 100 cases. The pesticide- free peaches from Patterson have been especially delightful. Remember the O’Henry peaches are due in the first week of August. There is some concern about the quality of the late fruit, but it’s a “wait and see situation” about which we will keep you informed. Our sandwich board on the street will announce the arrival of the peaches. During the next month we will have a constant supply of pesticide-free freestone peaches and nectarines. Check in our produce department.

The cherry crop this year was most disappointing. The California crop was damaged by wind and was very pricey and extremely limited. Also, quality and size were down. The Northwest crop was better, but not as good as in other years. There is still a chance to get a few cherries if this is a favorite of yours. Other items to note: sweet potatoes are still out of season with high prices,; lemons are going up but limes should be coming down in price; new crop potatoes are filtering in; onions  are in season now; avocados are going up in price; turmeric root will be out of season until December.

Nan, the buyer for our gift section, is temporarily out on disability. In the interim, Dena Shuster is taking over that department. If you have questions, orders, or ideas about the department, or if you are a vender of gift items, please direct your inquiries to Dena. She will be here on Nan’s schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

As the summer rolls on, be aware of the water issue. We may again be asked to conserve on water here in town. Mulch your gardens well, and try to water in the evening when there is less evaporation. And pray for rain.   



  

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August sales run 7/26/14-829/14

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