A Box of Fruit

I think one of my favorite things to do is to come home with a large box of fruit. Not a quart. Not a half peck. A half-bushel box. I like a long drive to a beautiful walk with a stop at a farm that sells fruit on the way home. It’s a rite of summer for me, and I often look so forward to this activity that I forget all the work it requires. Instead, I look forward to that acquirement; the weight of that 25-30 pounds as I walk to the car with the box in my arms.

The other day I picked up a box of white peaches. I don’t often prefer white peaches, but I was bent on getting a box of fruit. The yellows weren’t in yet. I tried one and my immediate response as I bit into the peach was, ah yes, I’ll take these. These white peaches were very fuzzy, which equals more work. But they were tart and sweet, just like a good stone fruit should be. Not thinking of the work ahead of me, I drove home obliviously, blissfully eating one.

This was a few days ago. So far, I’ve processed half of the box. A batch of jam dispatched quite a bit. Then, a cobbler took a few. We have been bringing them on hikes every time we go out in the heat. A peach is a good summer companion as long as you can make sure not to bruise it in your pack. The best thing I made with them was a simple salad. A few tomatoes, a few peaches, sliced up and dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and a grind of fresh pepper. The key to this salad was some holy basil from the garden. White peaches and holy basil make an unforgettable team, but regular basil will do fine if that’s all you have. I’ll probably freeze some, too.

Part of the beautiful walk.

Notes:

I know some folks think they can’t wait until the election, but it’s the only thing that’s pulling me along. I hope that Biden will win, and we can start making sense of this mess. One of the actions I feel I can do is Postcards to Swing States. However, the smallest amount is 200 cards. If you are local to me and want to have some cards, let me know! Also, if you want some green beans or zucchini, I’ll throw those in, too! (Sneaky, I know.)

  1. I’m so glad that you mentioned Postcards to Swing States, Julia! I just ordered 200 to send to my home state of Florida to get people out and voting! And I just purchased my first box of peaches for the season. Making some wine-soaked, frozen peach pops and canning some jam. And definitely making a peach-tomato-basil salad.

    1. That’s great, Jayme! It sounds like a lot of cards, but I just have to think of it like a big box of fruit. ; )

      Frozen wine-soaked peach pops sounds pretty darn good!!

  2. I can relate! I would take postcards and some green beans, too. Our bean plants are doing okay but are not the riot of beans we’ve come to expect. The zucchini, however, is producing in a mad way.

  3. I totally identify with your sentiments re boxes of fruit. And thanks for the mention of Postcards to Swing States. I just signed up.
    Alice

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