Saturday, August 2, 2014

Looking for the Real Thing? Stay Close to the Source

West of Highway 80 in Northern California there are still valleys where farm after ranch seems to be keeping it real.


                  I was glad to see this farmer wasn't wrapping his hay bales in white plastic as some of the Sonoma county farmers have begun doing. It isn't pretty to look at, it might leach into the hay and where will the plastic go when the bale is unwrapped?



Across the golden field a plume of dust alerted us to the baler on his green John Deere tractor.



These longhorns were not the least bit friendly.  Not one ambled to the fence, nor even looked up from their grazing. They like their grass green and plenty of it.



 Just around the corner the grape lines march up the hill. The grapes are so purple they almost look black.  The other side of the road is hedged thick with fig trees that dangle their fruit over the lane.
We found a ranch selling peaches and bought a box of tree ripened beauties.



                  The passenger  who sat in the back seat with the peaches...so his momma could sit in front... started singing about bales of cotton and "if it had'na been for Cotton-eyed Joe I'd a been married a long time ago..."


 
And then we saw a crop we weren't sure what it was...it certainly didn't look edible.


Such a rich color...we plucked a sample and sure enough, we'd found a field of cotton.



Just the day before I'd been searching for a nightgown that was not part but 100 % cotton.  Label after label disappointed me.   Cream is cream, butter is butter and cotton is cotton. Am I fussy or old fashioned?  I must be both, for synthetics and substitutes just don't cut it...



"You got a jump down, turn around
Pick a bale a cotton
Got a jump down, turn around
Pick a bale a day..."  

  Bucktown Lane  was a sweet road to find...one of the farms near the end sells honey and eggs on the honor system.  The creek is edged with a tangle of roses with round red hips and blackberry bushes and we passed goats and donkeys and horses and the chickens wander wither they will.  And Grandma who had asked us to take her for a ride enjoyed it all, even though she couldn't remember why on earth we had wandered out there in the first place. Farm girl that she once was, it was she who made us figure out what that prickly looking crop was...soft lovely stuff is sometimes hidden behind  sharp and spiked exteriors, and that is certainly true of cotton.

When you are looking for something real... it helps to stay close to the source...

Hope  you have a real good day! 
 Jeannette







4 comments:

Pom Pom said...

Well said, Jeannette! I love your outing!
I like 100% cotton things, too.

GretchenJoanna said...

My dad used to grow cotton!
I love that picture of the musician minding the fruit that smells so good...

Leslie aka the wayside wanderer said...

What a beautiful post in so many ways. The title is perfect in so many ways and what a wonderful adventure full of lovely things to see and do. Days like that make my heart feel full. Oh...and cotton sheets are must have. Bliss.

Neal said...

Another insight into special places. Cheers. Neal