Welcome to the Worthington Orchard Operating hours: Tues - Sat 9:00am - 6:00pm
Worthington Orchard is a fully functional farm specializing in the production of summer fruits and vegetables. My wife Mary and I operate the farm with the help of several neighbors who we are able to hire as required to keep us afloat. I have retired from my job as a research horticulturist with Texas A&M University, and Mary is a retired school teacher. We are not organic farmers. Still, the cost of chemicals alone is enough to discourage spraying unless it is the last resort. The sad truth is that insect or disease populations can explode in the field. They can destroy a crop in a matter of hours or days if we try to ignore them. So if necessary, we spray! Uncle Sam insists that we make a record of when, where and what we spray. If you ask, we will certainly show you the record. We try to put in enough plants to meet demand for the product; this way we always have fresh produce. However, the nature of farming and crop growth is such that it takes a year or a season to correct things - if we have guessed wrong. It is our strong preference to only sell what we produce on our farm. That way we can be sure of the spray schedule (if applicable), harvest date etc. etc.
About the flag - This is the flag that draped my dad's coffin from when he died in 1953. Forth eight StaresAND WEREN'T WE A MARVELOUS REPUBLIC BACK THEN!! Dad,was,a,career army officer. Our family was sent to the Philippines in 1941. Mom, my brother, sister and I were sent back to the mainland USA in May1941. Dad had to stay with the rest of a politically downsized force. When the war broke out our troops did not get to take the field with all their equipment and supplies - what with more administrative bungling, they were sent into this first Pacific battle of WWII with only 2 weeks rations! They stayed and fought 4 months!! So dad, as were the others, was captured from Bataan in 1942 and became a prisoner of the Japanese for 41/2 years. He came home in late 1945. A part of their thoughts: - "Here's to the battling bastards of Bataan No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam No aunts no uncles, no cousins or nieces, Neither ships nor planes nor artillery pieces And nobody gave a damn!!!!" I pray that Mr Obama does not do this to our present day troops.