Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Raisins & More Raisins!

It was September the very first time we came to California in 1992. The raisins caught our attention on that first trip. As I mentioned in a previous post our first revival here was in Raisin City. It is called Raisin City for a very good reason. There are fields of grapes for miles and miles and miles around. It is absolutely amazing. It is beautiful to see the fields go on for miles. At this time of year they begin harvesting the grapes to be made into raisins. Have you every wondered why the world's favorite brand of raisins is called Sun-Maid?

Well, here is the reason....

They pick the grapes and then lay them on brown paper right out in the field to dry for several days...

Oodles and oodles of grapes laying out in the sun to dry as far as the eye can see in every direction. They are literally made by the Sun. Then they wrap the brown paper around the raisins and make bundles and leave them in the field for a certain period of days before taking them to the plant for processing. There are fields right now that have the bundles but we weren't able to get a good picture.

Isn't that amazing? I don't know how they keep the birds and bugs from eating all the profits or how they sell them so cheap when it is so labor intensive. I do know one thing, every time we drive by a field it flings a craving for Sun-Maid Raisins all over me! Good thing they are cheap.

We fed Odie too many raisins one day when she was two years old and she won't touch them. That's leaves more for me and Kelly Jo!


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