Another year of Mariposa Madness and 2014 is upon us. It was
a good 2013 for us and we are grateful. Our construction project is almost
completed which will result in a much bigger kitchen, a larger break room, and expanded
offices. This will mean that we are not sitting on each otherís laps or trying
to share kitchen space that doesnít exist. We are excited about the project!
The customers should benefit as well. The kitchen will be much more efficient, meaning
that soups, salads, and sandwiches should come out in a much more timely
manner. We will offer two soups every day, (or most days anyway) one a meat
based and one a vegetarian. This improvement is brought to you by our new
4-burner stove where previously we were cooking on a one-burner hot plate.
Plenty of shelving and extra refrigeration are other added values to our
Although we are ever hopeful, the water situation does not
look good for this area. Unless it rains in the next few weeks, we will be out
of water in Willits. Mariposa is making plans to face this possible future.
Along with our other water saving plans, we will most likely have to forego our
landscaping annuals, and close down the customer bathroom. This is not
something we prefer to do, of course, but the bathroom is in constant use and
results in an incredible amount of water being wasted, even with our low-flow
toilet. Another possibility is that we may have to shut down our purified water
machine as the water comes from our city source.
Our produce department is looking exceptionally bright with
its array of gorgeous citrus items. Satsuma mandarins and Clementines are
practically finished, but new varieties like Page and Murcott are starting to
show up. We have some luscious navel oranges and the Cara Cara oranges have
been exceptional. California Valencia oranges still have the sweetest juiciest
flavor but they are just about out of season. Only Mexican Valencias are
consistently available but they just are not wonderful like Calif. fruit and
tend to be watery and bland. Orlando and Minneola Tangelos are coming into
season as well. The Orlando is a great juicer and is a good substitute for
Valencias until production resumes in late March. Minneola Tangelos are
sweet/tart, usually seedless, and easy to eat out of hand. Meyer lemons are
luscious little yellow globes of goodness.
Other produce items worth mentioning are the Bacon avocados
, smooth and creamy and relatively inexpensive. Plus they are from California,
not Mexico, like the Hass. There are fresh blueberries available from Chile.
And the apples and pears still are holding their quality. Be sure to check out
the new blue oyster mushrooms from the Mad Hatter farm in Laytonville. They are
beautiful! And, the tomatoes from C&A Farms in Redwood Valley are a visual
delight as well.
The new year is a great time to make resolutions on a
personal level. We are all recovering from the stress of the holidays so this
is a perfect opportunity to clean up on a physical level as well as performing
some mental flossing. Practicing mindfulness and dwelling in the present are
two important aspects of the purging of the mind. Make sure you are grateful
for all the blessings that have been bequeathed upon you. Love yourself and
your life as best you can. And SMILE.
Our staff at Mariposa Market wishes each of you a year of
good health, sufficient wealth, and happiness. We love and appreciate you all
and are delighted to call you our faithful customers. Without your support and
inspiration, we couldnít be the community store which we are. Thank you from
the bottoms of our hearts.