We spent the week in the Fresno area visiting with family and spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with them. Fresno is in the heart of the San Joaquin valley which is known as "the nation's salad bowl," for the rich soil that grow a huge variety of fruits, nuts and vegetables. Some of the many things grown in the valley are peaches, nectarines, oranges, lemons, grapes for both wine and raisins, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, strawberries, figs, watermelon, pomegranate and many other fruits and vegetables. The area also grows a lot of cotton. The city of Selma, which is a suburb of Fresno is the "raisin capital of the world." We arrived too late to get to see any of the harvest. Everything was already picked except the citrus fruits. They will be picked right after the first of the year. Can you name the different citrus fruits that will be harvested? They will all be picked by hand. We learned that if citrus is picked before it is ripe, it never gets sweet. One day we went to an old museum where we saw lots of old, old machinery. We have enclosed a few pictures so you can see things from the "olden days." Can you name some of the things in the pictures and have your teacher or parents tell you how they were used?