Nov 29, 2009

Fresh-squeezed fall

Labor Day is a now three months behind us,

Is it safe to finally say that fall has arrived in south Florida?

Consider the evidence:

Labor Day of course marks the “unofficial” start of fall on the continent, even if by celestial standards the autumnal equinox doesn’t occur until September 22nd.

Both are mute points on the peninsula:

Summer rains were still going strong through the start of October.

Eventually we got our first blast of “cool” air, but it was a short lived whimsy – the weeks that followed ramped back into a “hot and humid” malaise that wouldn’t shake free.

Finally here at the end of November I’m starting shake off the summer cobwebs:

Skies grow dark early, weather has turned more reliably cool, and perhaps most tellingly the cypress needles have almost completely fallen.

And if that weren’t enough:

Today marks the official end of hurricane season.

So, can we finally claim victory and proclaim fall has officially arrived?

It’s sort of a mute point now that the Navels oranges and Ruby Red grapefruits are in!

Here in Florida that’s our first sign of winter!


Ciss B said...

What a cool sign of winter! When I was there in October a few years back the oranges were great but I so wanted my favorite to be there and I didn't realize it doesn't get harvested until March! Of all the oranges, the Valencias are my very favorite!

Tabor said...

You are making me sooo hungry. I miss the fresh oranges we used to buy on the drive back from visiting relatives in the winter.

Lindy said...

Keep sending that Citrus north, we love it!!

Susan said...

My mouth is watering! I've seen the trucks stacked with crates in the groves just ready for picking. I'm soooo glad we have groves left in the central part of the state. I would dearly miss watching the oranges turn color and smelling the sweet fragrance of the blossoms.

Daryl Ritchison said...

I'm very envious. One of my favorite foods (oranges of any variety), but they tend to be a bit pricey this far north (North Dakota) and not so fresh by the time they get here.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Bob, Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly did!!!!

We used to order both oranges and grapefruit from Florida. Haven't done it in awhile---but love the Florida navels.

Have a great day.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Thanks for you comments.

I was talking to an orange man last weekend. I was lamenting the fact that all the "ones" (i.e., the best looking fruit) get shipped up north, leaving the "twos" here for us. That's not completely the case if you know where to go. We agreed that there is plenty to go around.

Janie said...

Interesting to tell the season by which citrus fruits are ripe!

Lindy said...

Well I guess we will take the 1's, but I am sure we pay extra for them. Anyways, I bet the two's taste just as good, but just don't look as pretty.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's true Lindy! You've got a good eye. Never judge an orange by it's cover.

Did you know that cool temperatures, not their ripeness, dictates whether an orange turns orange by the time it's harvested? Valencias which ripen in spring are commonly green at picking time, then turned orange through a bit of old Florida hocus pocus.

Joe Polidoro said...

Moot points. Moot.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Thanks Joe for the correction. I'm a phonetic speller, and as such, sometimes trip up.