And here we are again, in the cold shadow of another looming disaster: Covid-19. We refuse to be afraid. Why? Because the oranges proliferate. The new tree of calamansi fruit (a citrus with orange rind and lime fruit) is exploding. Lemon blossoms are everywhere. The ranch reminds us that life is movement, that even a pandemic virus will pass.
But we also must listen to the terrifying ripples. In California, we have been on stay-in-place orders for nearly two weeks. We stay six feet away from my dear parents; the isolation has translated into hours of work managing the farm for them. As a result, their garden is stupendous and the avocado, peach, plum and citrus trees look amazing.
Transformation: Red Hen Cannery survived fire, flood, economic challenges. Now? Plague. We emerged stronger in the past and hope to again. For now, we are streamlined but quite alive and well. We eliminated wholesale and are only available at our online store here or at the weekly Santa Barbara Farmers Market, which is open for now.
Please know that we are holding you, our ever-loving marmalade and jam eaters, in our hearts and wishing you health, strength and hope. Please let us know if we can send some cheer, in jam or marmalade form, to someone you love and miss. I know that I've been sending care packages to friends in Seattle and San Francisco and Colorado right now. It's my way to feel connected in this alone-time.
Or if you just want a virtual pen-pal, drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org. A real, live human will get back to you. Thanks for all your support and I promise to be here on the flip side, whenever that may be.