Orange is getting a bad name right now, what with all the crazy news coming out of Washington these days.
That’s unfortunate, now that it’s fall. I would hazard a guess that if you gave people a box of crayons and told them to write the names of the 12 months using a different crayon for each month, most people would use the orange crayon for October.
Unlike many parts of the U.S., California doesn’t have the classic fall foliage with it’s all-day-sunset colors. But the arrival of autumn brings lots of tasty orange fruits and vegetables coming from farm fields like ours. Of course there are pumpkins, as well as other orange-fleshed and sometimes orange-skinned winter squash. But October also generally marks the start of persimmon harvest (see note below). And at Terra Firma, it’s also when we begin digging our new crop of carrots.
Some years, if we are lucky, we may even start harvesting actual oranges — mandarin oranges — in October. I’m not making any promises though.
I’m optimistic that the color orange, and all the tasty and healthy orange fruits and vegetables, will keep their strong bi-partisan polling numbers despite what happens in our nation’s capital over the coming months and election year.