Water. Clear, fresh and life-giving to the crops of the Alacola Valley. Rushing ever onward to the sea. The waters of the Minset River visit this lush valley to replenish the soil and color the land. Yellow citrus, green vegetables, blueberries and ruby-red fruit checkerboard the landscape in brilliant hues. Farmers, who have tended this land for generations move from field to field inspecting the size, calculating weight and measuring progress. Progress is slow. But only with time can the flavors of the Alcola Valley reach perfection. And it’s perfection that’s what the Valley is all about. The possibility of an early frost and the consequence of even three extra days of rain weighs heavily on the minds of the caretakers. But today is glorious and worry will wait until tomorrow.