An Acorn-Rich Year

We are always looking for advantages to this droughty weather we seem to be stuck in. We discussed in earlier letters that one of those advantages is the weed pop that comes along with dry conditions. Weeds are extremely deep-rooted and thus reach down into the subsoil at levels that the grasses do not reach. By their very nature, they are bringing minerals to the root zone that will replenish the subsoil where the grass roots do exist. There is always a reason for Mother Nature’s conduct. In this case, she is replenishing the soil for the grasses upon their return. She giveth as she takes away. Another advantage is that her trees, sensing danger from the lack of moisture, react by overreacting — they lay down abundant seed so that if they die from lack of rain, they have left behind plenty of progeny. In the case of the oak tree, that means a bumper crop of acorns like we have never seen. The ground literally crunches as we walk under the numerous oak trees of Jolie Vue.  A step cannot be taken without stepping on a foot full of acorns.

What is the coincidental advantage here? Wildlife fatten on acorns. That includes the deer and the raccoon for sure. Even better for our purposes, it includes our porkers who live their lives under the canopy of the virgin oaks along the old creek. Acorns contain a rich oleic oil. The significance of oleic oil? Well, it happens to be the same oil from which we derive olive oil. And olive oil is a known source of Omega 3 fatty acids, the natural heart medicine. So it is a feast from heaven that our porkers have been relishing for several months now...ever since the acorn fall began in September. And they continue to fall. So that is more of the good news coming from droughty conditions. You get an even richer source of oils and fats as you eat the JVF pork, not to mention the wonderful flavor addition.  The potentially bad news? I hope “She” is not telling us there is a lot more drought to come.