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Peaches

Do you have a favorite fruit?

My favorite fruit is: yes.

But really, top of the list for me would be raspberries, blackberries (only really good ones), huckleberries, and peaches. Raspberries might be my true favorite (and not those giant, gross store-bought ones; the small backyard ones). I don't think I could choose a true runner-up.

There's a farmer who sells locally-grown produce every Saturday out in front of the church at the end of the block. He got into farming after retiring a few years ago, and says he's more busy now than he was before he retired. During peach season, he will sometimes buy a whole bunch of peaches from one of his neighboring farms and bring them up to Albany to sell.

They probably aren't organic, but they ARE completely delicious this year: big, juicy, sweet, peachy.

I have fond childhood memories of stopping by the Thorp fruit stand on our way home from family vacations to Spokane/Montana, where my mom would buy a couple cases of peaches and would go to town canning them, the kitchen full of steam and boiling water. I could never understand why other kids got excited over tinned peaches because they were just a terrible facsimile compared to my mom's luscious home-canned ones, bathed in honey.

It was so much harder to find good peaches in Texas and Nebraska. I sliced into way too much disappointment, especially that first summer in Texas, when everyone tried to sell peaches and tomatoes by the side of the road but they were hard and dry due to the drought. I don't recall finding any incredible peaches in California, either (but I could be misremembering). In Arizona, we missed out on peach season because the peaches ripen in May and the only place that has them in any amount is too far away for a day trip by bicycle. I mean, I got a few at the farmer's market but they weren't worth blogging about.

It's going to take a while to recover financially from being underfunded while living in Arizona and from moving across the country. So I can't shop for a chest freezer yet. Next year.

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Time to grade papers.

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scarybaldguy
Sep. 12th, 2018 10:56 pm (UTC)
Mmm, froots. My favorites are oranges and strawberries, but I like pretty much all of them. The giant tasteless stuff you get at the supermarket is terrible, though.
rebeccmeister
Sep. 13th, 2018 12:29 am (UTC)
Oooo, are you going to plant yer own orange factory in the new backyard??!!

Also, for strawberries, there is ONE farm that sells stuff at the downtown Phoenix Farmer's Market that has figured out how to do strawberries in Arizona. They aren't as delicious as strawberries grown in other climates, but they're still an improvement over soopermarket cardboard. By now I'd imagine they're out of season, but I was surprised to see they still had them in the middle of summer.

We managed to grow some strawberries one year in Tempe, but that took a whole lot of extra effort (basically built a small greenhouse, etc).
scarybaldguy
Sep. 13th, 2018 06:40 am (UTC)
I might plant a couple of citrus trees, it depends on the HOA restrictions (the PDF is just a collection of low-quality flatbed scans; I might see if they'll let me create a text-based, indexed, searchable version in exchange for, say, 4 months of no fee).
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