Fog and Cotton

Yesterday we had rain all day and today we woke up to thick fog, we felt like we were back on the coast of British Columbia!

Today was shopping day and we visited the new Yuma Indoor Market … and it was a big disappointment! Almost half the size of the old market and a quarter of the stalls were empty; maybe they will fill up after Christmas but the market is still small compared to the old one.

On our way home we drove by a cotton field. Yuma produces around 30,000 bales of cotton a year. Each bale weighs about 480 to 500 pounds. One bale is enough to create one of the following: 215 pairs of jeans, 249 bed sheets, 1,217 men’s T-shirts, 1,256 pillowcases, 4,321 mid-calf socks or 313,600 $100 bills. I didn’t know cotton was used to make money, which led me to this fact; US currency paper is composed of 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton, Canadian currency was printed on paper made out of 100 percent cotton up until the release of the new bills in 2011.

In Yuma cotton is planted from February through April and harvested from August through October. Produce is then planted in the same fields in the fall and harvested in the spring. I have no explanation as to why we came across a cotton field in December but it sure looked like a lot of harvestable cotton to me!

Until next time …

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