The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 September 2003

Jet-puffed, indeed

I drove all through Delaware this summer and never saw a single field of marshmallows, though Fritz Schranck has a perfectly reasonable explanation:


The vines are...planted in secluded fields, surrounded by taller, quick-growing crops such as corn. Hiding the marshmallow plants is vitally important. That's because early in the growing season, the crop is a prime candidate for poaching, at least while the delicate young marshmallows remain small enough to carry.

The leading cash crop in Oklahoma is also hidden from public view, albeit for different reasons entirely.

I wonder how well Rice Krispies sell in Delaware.

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