A bananas weekend


What's a banana festival without monkeys?

Apropos of this weekend’s first Stockton Banana Festival, some banana tidbits:

• Though I couldn’t locate any banana farm in San Joaquin County, there may be one flying below the radar. Jeff Michael, the analyst at UOP, wrote this in 2011:

“I had our analyst track down and confirm our less than 1 acre “crop” of bananas, and he tracked it to a location off 205 near Tracy.” So somebody was growing a plot of bananas then and may be now.

• Michael’s blog item about the grow also mentions more about  the banana grove belonging to MC Hammer. Hammer can be surprisingly philosophical about his bananas.

“The more you cut them back, the taller and stronger they grow,” he once wrote. “In life, it is the moments that we are cut back, that we should look forward to new growth in our lives.”

• In today’s column, I write that most festival proceeds go to a Sacramento nonprofit that brings arts to disadvantaged kid but, “McDaniels said she’s started talks with Mayor Michael Tubbs about bringing those programs to Stockton.”

“She came to the mayor’s office hours,” said mayoral spokesman Daniel Lopez. “She was looking for a building in Stockton but she wants us to provide it for free or for a dollar rent. This is something we cannot help (her) with at this time.”

•Margarita Diaz writes:

“I read your article on The Banana Bestival on Facebook and online. About no bananas.  But that is not all true. Here are my bananas I grew and harvested last year.”

One more photo:

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