I have pulled the caretaker and a full time coffee worker for orange picking duties for a few days. This at least cuts down some of the labor costs. We may even break-even.
So, another 4000 or so leave today on our Coffee Manager's truck, I delivered 100 to a lady customer. Finally, we made more marmalade. Although satisfying, marmalade only used up 30 oranges. Apparently, my oranges are the sweetest freshest in Boquete but unfortunately sold to the market by the 100, I do not get any credit for that.
My little marmalades are becoming quite popular. I am making a coffee and orange mixture that is the essence of Boquete as well as this farm. It tastes very good especially on scones, somewhat too delicious. Trouble is there is only so much marmalade a girl can make comfortably in a week; And only so many scones and marmalade a girl should eat in a month. Yesterday, I swapped some marmalade for strawberries from a friends strawberry farm up the mountain and we had strawberries for dinner and smoothies for breakfast this morning. My offer stands to all within a delivery radius of my farm.... what will you give me in exchange for oranges? Life is good.