Informative Reply to My Lettuce Questions And a Trip South To Mexico

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Today was a great day! Along with Jack and Carole, we went to  Los Algodones, Mexico today. J & C hadn’t been to this city in Mexico yet. They also wanted to get some drugs, as we did too. We walked around the shops just absorbing the sounds and smells. I found a fuzzy, soft blanket for $12 to put on my couch. I love it – greens and maroons. About 11:30 we headed off to find the fish taco cart on A street. Found a table in the courtyard to eat ate. While I saved the table, the others purchased our food. This place is known for it great fish taco’s and today there was a choice of fish or shrimp tacos. They also were selling tamales. All our dishes were delicious and Dale and I ate for $6 – together. I had to go back for a shrimp taco and the line was around and down the sidewalk. But it moved fast. The kid making the tacos and also cooking the fish right there was quick and efficient. Friendly too. The wait at the border wasn’t long, but Dale’s person checked out our whole bag. It is amazing how some just let you walk through others get down to business.

We are now getting ready for dinner and the BSU bowl game.

I am posting a reply to my blog yesterday. Thanks Ann for your reply. We hope to catch the bus in late January.

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.

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