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Al on Winter Frosts

Post: 4545.3.1.1

Subject: Re: [Frosts] later in winter, like, let's say January

Ok - First - I grew up being able to trudge through waist deep snow to buy an orange. That's how I know the story about Momma when SHE was a little girl - I got it every time I walked home in midwinter with orange peels in my pocket.

Second: We lived in Massachusetts, so I DID trudge through waist deep snow at times, and it wasn't uncommon to talk about "Frost on the Pumpkin" (pumpkins are a big, solid fruit [See: Thermal Inertia] so if a pumpkin has frost on it, you can bet the smaller fruits are well frosted) before Thanksgiving.

Sometimes before Halloween!

Oranges aren't a common crop around Boston, so all I had was anecdotal evidence and I apologize for any inaccuracy.

...and yes, it does depend upon where you live. That, and how good the orchard managers are at getting out smudge pots and burlap covers and such. But that phrase you used, "It depends on where you are on the Earth," pretty much says it. Most of us don't (and DIDN'T) get oranges in the winter except from those places where oranges GROW during winter. I have it on good authority that places in the southern hemisphere are experiencing midsummer while I, in Indiana, am still concerned about having enough antifreeze in my car's radiator for that up coming minus twenty degree night.

I was talking about that same technology of distribution and the fact that it is fairly modern (Momma is only 87 years old, and her coal was delivered by horse-drawn wagons when she was little - just to put things in a historical perspective) that made late-summer (don't you look at me in that tone of voice! It's HER story!!) oranges family-bankruptingly expensive and winter oranges impossible for Momma but allows me to get fresh, mid-summer produce in Indiana during midwinter.

Providing I DO have enough antifreeze in my radiator.

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