Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Old Wooden Bins


Looking at this stack of old bins, I was remembering when we 
first became "Citrus Growers".  How I wanted to buy bins and have
 our name and logo on them.  It only took a couple of seasons to 
realise that was not a profitable idea.


The buyers drop off bins with all different logos and names.
Many are painted over and reclaimed with someone else's logo
 and name and most likely, you'll never see that particular bin again.

I uses to mark the bins when they came in, so I would know
who's was who's.  I even quite doing that, they don't
even know which ones they've dropped off.


Imagine, following a bin of fruit, from the fields, on trucks to 
the packing house or fruit stand, up and down the state from
 season to season.  There's a lot of miles on some of these bins.

Their marks and names are from big outfits and small.
Names you would recognize from your grocery store shelf 
and other's if you follow the farmers markets. Then the countless 
growers like us who's fruit is only know by our buyers and locals
 and seen only in someone else's bins.


Lots of growers are going to the new white plastic bins,
lighter and easier to handle, they say.  Better then the old 
wooden ones, that have to be fixed and are heavy !

Well I like the wooden bins, they have character and history.
After all I'm "old", "need to be fixed" and "heavy"
and I'm a character. 

4 comments:

lisa said...

My moto is why fix something that doesn't need fixing, if it works use it! I agree the old always has more character!

Janice said...

If only those Bins could talk....oh my the stories they could tell. Great Fireworks shots ...I tried and failed dismally to capture a few...My goal would be to take photography classes as well...I need to see if they offer them here.I like the Header shot....much prettier than what we have here.

Just Ramblin' said...

These seem to have such stories to tell. Beautiful.

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