Last night I was driving home from the theatre, as I often do late in the evening, and happened upon a radio station talking about the bridge collapse in Skagit County last week. It feels like the news of that event - which as an avid worrywart I've been paying close attention to - has focused mainly on the actual collapse of the bridge and unpleasant detours around the area. But the story I heard last night looked at a completely different angle - the fruit and veggie crop that happens in the northwest part of our state every summer.
I remember picking berries as a kid (strawberries were my specialty, in case you were wondering) and I eat blueberries from farmers' markets all summer long. I was curious as to what this story would be. Every summer Skagit County comes alive with fields full of produce to bring to markets in our state and around the country. With the bridge collapse, the main routes for the workers who harvest the produce and the trucks that take it to market are either broken and in a river or packed full of cars. The fear is that the produce won't be picked at its peak - or even while it's fresh - and then be delayed as it makes its way to consumers. One reporter spoke with a farmer who was very worried about his crop this summer since time is of the essence with fresh veggies and especially berries. I admit that I know next to nothing about farming but when the bridge fell, this side of things never occurred to me. I was much more worried about the people in the river sitting on their cars, then the mess for traffic, but the local economies never crossed my mind. That's why I wanted to share that with you - because while we often focus on the physical and immediate damages the repercussions (or hidden costs) don't often grab our attention.
Just a little food for thought, if you will. Have a great afternoon!
P.S. I'll be a the Edmonds Business Expo this Saturday with Sandy and John. Stop by and see us! We'll be the ones with the reusable grocery bags and the putt putt golf. It'll be right next to the Edmonds Farmers Market in the Conference Center at 4th and Bell.
P.P.S. Speaking of recycling, the annual Flag Recycle is coming up. Check Facebook or Twitter for more information in the next few weeks!