THE SEASON OF THANKFULNESS AND GIVING
BY Mary Anne
Early rains and frosty mornings create the atmosphere of the
autumn season. Late in coming this year, this fall is marked by trees which
havenít even lost their leaves. The
chickens are just now molting and the garden is still giving up some summer
vegetables. Here at Mariposa though, the
October/November season is in full swing. We have the local apples and pears,
beautiful juicy red pomegranates, persimmons, local onions and carrots, and
colorful squash and pumpkins. Local greens are arriving from Lake County. And
the citrus season is starting with Satsuma Mandarins and Navel Oranges waiting
in the wings.
Folks are starting to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We have lots of turkey choices this year ranging from heirloom varieties to
Certified Non-GMO birds as well as our usual selection of organic and
free-range turkeys from Maryís. Sign- up sheets are in place near the Deli. Be
sure to order early so that you get the size and special kind of turkey that
you need. Mariposa will also have broths (aseptic pack) of many varieties,
cranberries, canned and fresh, stuffing mixes, including gluten-free, and
baking mixes for holiday treats. Breads,
rolls, and pies will be available during the Thanksgiving week.
Holiday hours for Thanksgiving week will follow our usual
schedule. However, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and only open from
11:00 AM until 5:30 PM on the following Friday. Saturday we will return to our
normal schedule. Christmas hours will be as follows: Christmas Eve we will
close at 4 PM. Christmas Day we will be closed. New Yearís Eve we will close at
5:30 PM. New Yearís Day we will be closed.
Surely most of you have noticed our newly remodeled gift
section. This was the brain-child of one of our employees, Dena Shuster. She
has had the vision of re-doing our gift department set-up ever since she first
started working here over a year ago. We were finally able to accommodate her.
Nan and Dena have done an amazing job of ordering unique items and displaying
them in a way that just makes you want to own them. Our prices are very
reasonable, making this an attractive destination spot for your holiday
shopping. We have added in a new line of whimsical socks as well as a nice
selection of tights both in cotton and bamboo, and some eclectic hats to
lighten up the season. We have also expanded our kitchenware selection. The usual candles, incense, and statuary are
still here, as well as some nice beauty aids to round out your holiday
The Christmas holiday will give you a chance to revisit your
turkey fix. We will have turkeys available. Hams, prime rib, and duck (or
goose) have to be pre-ordered through Carrie. Please give her at least two
weeks notice as we have to give our distributors enough time to fill our
orders. Prices and sizes will be available through Carrie.
As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, take some time to
re-assess what blessings life has given to you. We live in a beautiful area
with fresh air and water still abundant. Our community is cohesive, and we are
able to communicate any differences we may have. Most of us have wonderful,
supportive families. And, if you are fortunate enough to have good health, add
that to your blessings as well. Take the time to flush out dissatisfaction and
replace it with gratitude. Say THANK YOU to the universe for all it provides.