It's 10:00 am and the outside thermador reads 70 degrees. As I have said before, "Only in California" can you harvest your citrus, on a sunny, warm March morning.
March is one of my favorite months, in Central California. The days are warming, the California Poppies & Lupine start to bloom. Fruit & nut trees have already blossomed but the wild mustard starts to flower between the trees. There's a blanket of yellow, in the orchards & vineyards, that screams "Spring is Here".
The San Francisco & Monterey bays usually are experiencing sunny, mild days (i.e. no fog). Everyone is out running, biking, hiking, flying kites; enjoying the outdoors. When I was living on the Monterey Peninisula, my first day trip of the spring would be driving down Hwy 1 to Big Sur to enjoy the green hills, shaded with bits of orange (Poppies) & purple (Lupine).
But up here in Northern California, March is a bit tricky. It can still be wet & wild, with the temps in the high 40's to the mid 50's. Usually the only thing that is in full bloom are the daffodils. But this year, we experienced a warm & dry winter, which equates to an early Spring. It is in full bloom, with the birds singing and eating bugs and starting the nesting process. The oak trees are starting to bud out, which gives them this very green shade to their silhouettes. In other words, it feels grand!
Spring is the only time of the year, that California is green. Otherwise the hills are a golden color.....i.e. no water. My feeling is that the phrase "California-The Golden State", was from the golden hills, not the Gold Rush of 1865! But that's another post.
Freshly Squeezed & Strained Juice
Preserving our harvest, we can sip spring, all year long.
When I hear this song, I remember being a teenager and hanging out with my "Bestie", Beth.
This song brings a smile on my face, just like now, while writting this post. Oh yes, the days of when we would listen to records/vinyl (The Beatles, Elton John, ELO), eating Pringles and playing ping pong, all day long. These were the days of bell bottom jeans, platform sandels and cruising the El Camino Real.