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“What does the fox say” in the orchards?

Today the entire 8th grade went apple picking, no not nose picking (though I am sure there was some of that too), but apple picking. And there were plenty of apples left on the fruit trees. The weather could not … Continue reading

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Scuppernongs

I was surprised while shopping last weekend to find scuppernongs at Whole Foods. While reading To Kill A Mockingbird every spring at school, the students always ask what a scuppernong is. Harper Lee uses the term at least three times. I … Continue reading

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Always call the orchard first

First rule: Always call the orchard first to see if there are any apples. Apparently last March there was a frost and the buds on the apple trees at Curtis Orchards were destroyed. There were a few apples but those … Continue reading

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Ume! Ume! Ume!

Maybe six or seven years ago, we really got into eating plums. There was a wide variety of them available that year in farmer’s markets and at our local Whole Foods. We bought many kinds (all organic) and enjoyed comparing … Continue reading

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Pomelo oasis

I love grapefruits, especially ruby reds. I love that composite sweet and sour taste. The flavor is complex, like a rich red wine. But it is also intense. I sometimes feel like I need to be “ready” to eat a … Continue reading

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A thousand blessings and a thousand mercies

Today JB discovered a mystery fruit growing where the beans, cucumbers, and sunflowers are growing. Neither of us remember planting anything else there. We do have acorn squash growing everywhere throughout the yard, because we had a rotten (but organic) … Continue reading

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“From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes this brown paper bag of peaches we bought from the boy at the bend in the road where we turned toward signs painted Peaches. From laden boughs, from hands, from sweet fellowship in the bins, comes nectar at … Continue reading

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Going Bananas

Many years ago, 40 years ago to be precise, I worked on the kibbutz Bet Tzera, where my job was to flick off the little black tips at the ends of each of the bananas. (Actually each banana is called … Continue reading

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