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THE JOY OF SPRING
By Mary Anne
Even in a year as dry as this one, spring is a beautiful season!
Something about the bursts of green, the scent of flowers, and the songs of
birds lifts the heart and fills the spirit with joy. We just celebrated Earth Day here at Mariposa,
an event that is meant to remind everyone about the importance of our Earthly
Mother, but is also a lot of fun. Music,
raffles, demos, and tables full of delicious food marked the occasion. We also
had significant sales on earth friendly products and info about the origins of
Earth Day and the reasons why we should honor the earth with ecological
As we move into the depth of the spring season, we start to think about
summer fruit. Berries are the focus of this time of year with delicious organic
strawberries dominating the scene. Local
berries are starting from Redwood Valley and anyone who has tasted these knows
how exceptionally succulent they are. The Ruiz family grows these berries, and
though they are not certified organic, the family claims that they use only
organic practices. By the end of May, cherries and early grapes will arrive,
followed closely in early June by apricots and the first summer peaches, nectarines,
and plums. The dry weather should result in sweet and cosmetically beautiful
fruit, but we are not sure at this point how the lack of water may affect the
price and / or the availability of some produce. Melons are arriving from
Mexico. They are really quite good and relatively inexpensive. Mangoes are in
season and make a delicious addition to a salad or smoothie.
May and June encompass three very important events: Mother’s Day,
Father’s Day and Graduation. Our gift
and kitchenware department is bursting with beautiful gifts for mom, dad, and
grads. Of course, we also have a great selection of cards, flowers, local beer
and wines for all three occasions.
Get out and enjoy our beautiful spring weather and remember to
experience the “awe” that this season brings.