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Full moon on the first day of fall
A field worker easily navigates two trailers filled with freshly harvested carrots at a field near West Ripon Road and South Airport Way on Wednesday. The trailers have to be covered with the black tarp during transport to their destination. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
The first day of fall 2010 lasted less than an hour. Chances are, you were asleep when the autumnal equinox crept in shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

But that’s not the great oddity of 2010’s autumnal equinox, according to various sources including and National Geographic News. According to the experts on such matters, this is the first time since 1991 that the full moon is shining on the first day of fall, however brief that moment was last night.

The harvest moon, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, will continue to cast its celestial light this evening while farmers are busy harvesting the fields. A cornucopia of various crop are currently being picked – by hand, by machine or a combination of both – in the areas around Manteca and neighboring towns. These include such colorful crops as pumpkins – Fonseca Farms on South Airport Way is already a beehive of harvesting activity – carrots, corn, and various types of squash. Some almond and walnut farmers are still busy sweeping and picking up the late varieties of nuts on the ground and bringing them to the hullers.

Those who are growing vegetables such as Seng Saechao are right now getting the ground ready  for planting winter greens such as sweet peas.

The sizzling summer is gone. Welcome autumn.