Saturday, January 26, 2013

Good Saturday, Everyone.  We finally got enough snow to snap the record we had been setting--days without 1in of snow on the ground.  Barely.  The next few days are going to be odd because we have the chance for more snow, rain, freezing rain with temperature possibilities rising into the low 50s. and then into the deep freeze by the end of the week.  We are postponing any decision about until we see what actually comes our way.  Most of my seed orders have come in.  I have to take a look at them all and decide what gets started when.  The hibiscus and cranberry plants and the pineapple sage are on backorder.  All of the companies I deal with have been very good and prompt.

It is good to see someone finally looking at our political/economic system and uttering some truths.  The politicians can (and do) promise anything but whether any can be kept or kept for any span of time beyond the next election is something else altogether.  And we have seen all too often how reality takes a big bite out of any plans they do come up with.

Well, it seems we may have a little trade war developing between the U.S. and Mexico over---tomatoes!  The U.S. may scrap a sixteen-year-old agreement it hasn't adequately protected U.S. tomato growers.  Of course those who sell Mexican tomatoes are crying foul and insisting that the American consumers will pay (gasp!!) higher prices if the trade agreement is scrapped.  My take--higher prices are simply the consequence if consumers want out of season veggies.  What is really at stake are profits.  I can be a bit amused by the whole mess.  We don't buy fresh tomatoes out of season very often and most of the sauce, stewed and in season  tomatoes I grow myself.

We saw this story on our morning TV news.  My first reaction was 'when will they get potassium bromate out of our flour?'  You didn't know that was in flour?  Surprise.  I found out sometime ago.  For more info check this out.

This also appeared on our morning news.  Poor babies--were they not paying attention to the drought and heatwave last year?  We watched as eggs from a couple of our favorite egg producers disappeared as they lost tens of thousands of birds.  And we knew very well that the eggs were only the most obvious part of the situation.  Here is another link on the topic.  This one says that next year prices will be more 'normal;' but I say only if the temperatures and moisture are more normal.  And I ain't taking any bets on that either way.

1 comment:

Leigh said...

More goodies in the news I see. :)