Our Saturday

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Since I was down most of the week with an energy sapping cold, we decided we needed to do some errands in Yuma. We didn’t want to because we haven’t done much exploring the surrounding area. There are many places must waiting for us. If we decide to come back after our rally next week, we are going to have to get out and go see what we can see.

We take S24 from Senator Wash Road to Yuma. This road takes us through an agriculture area where many types of lettuce is grown. Many times we have watched the field workers picking lettuce. Dale goes into this here. I had to share this photo with you because we have been discussing how they pick this field. Do they just mow it and throw it in a bag and that is the “Spring Mix” we purchase in the grocery store? We don’t think this is how a bag of salad all comes together. What do you think?

As we drive toward Yuma we see many other interesting crops that are growing during “winter” but is the crop for Arizona’s winter growing time. We see alfalfa, a huge green leaf that may be broccoli or kale or??? We wish they would put out sign telling us ‘tourists’ what is in the field! Another crop in this area are dates. Did you know that dates come from Palm trees? We didn’t give it a thought
until we came out here a couple of years ago. Our first glimpse of these palm forests are quite breath-taking.

There are a few orange groves along the road but we have found the groves are more out south of Yuma. Remember, Dale picked one up off the ground and then we found out that taking oranges out of a grove is a federal offense. Oops!

In Yuma, we completed our errands, downed a Subway $5 foot long, shopped at the Arizona Market (a must see when in Yuma), stopped at the Peanut Patch for ice cream and another container of their wonderful tasting and yummy peanut butter. Dale also took a video of our shopping adventure. View it here.
Or watch a slide show from the Peanut Patch here.

We ended our day going to the movies at the YPG with Becky and Monte. We were the only ones in their small theater so we could clap, holler and make lots of noise. A good day!

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2 thoughts on “Our Saturday

    Ann said:
    January 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    If you’re in Yuma during Lettuce Days (Jan. 22-24), there are bus tours through the ag areas Friday and Saturday that will answer a lot of your questions. Tickets are free, but you need to get there early to get them from the main info booth.

    Lettuce growing in narrow rows may be picked either for salad mixes or to be sold by the head. If they are picking and packing into cardboard boxes in the field, it’s headed for the store as head lettuce. If they are picking into big blue plastic bins, it’s bound for one of the nine salad plants supplying the U.S. with its bagged salad at this time of year

    The wide beds — about six feet across — are “mowed” for the baby lettuce mixes.

    Here’s a tip to recognize the blue-green-may-be-broccoli-or-not crop: Broccoli is planted two rows per furrow and cauliflower one row per furrow.

    Later on in the winter, a lot of the vegetable fields will be planted in wheat. Tons of “Desert Durham,” which was developed here in Yuma, are shipped to Italy to be made into pasta.

    The University of California Desert Research and Extension Center offers a “Farm Smart” program especially for winter visitors, see http://groups.ucanr.org/desertrec/Farm_Smart/ for more info.

    Make sure you stop by the Visitor Information Center at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, 201 N. 4th Avenue.

      Gwen said:
      January 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks you so much Ann, for the information. Sure helps to have some knowledge about what we are looking at! We so enjoy our drive to Yuma and all the fields and workers. We sure will come in to the Visitor Center…..

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