Friday, August 22, 2014

Just Peachy

By: Olive Greene
Author: Jessie Crockett
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries

It seems like everywhere I go lately there are people talking about living in the moment and being present. I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean exactly. I've been present for my whole life and have managed to do it without running around God's Green Earth with a cell phone stuck in my hand so I can send text messages zipping through the air every three seconds.

My advice to the stressed out and unhappy young people out there is to leave the phones at home, grab your loved ones and use this most blessed time of the year to go pick some fruit. Nothing makes you feel as alive as biting into a peach still hot from the sun hitting the tree you just plucked it from.

 Maybe make a day of it and take along a picnic basket full of sandwiches and cake, pickles and cheese and a jug of iced tea. Spread out a blanket at the end of a row of fruit spangled trees and breath in the sweet scents. While you're at it, go all in. Since the family is together why not pick enough fruit to make jam or jelly. Nothing warms the cold winter days that are surely on the way like a sparkling jar of peach jam. It might not be in the moment to plan ahead for winter. It certainly won't be living in the present to be enjoying the memory of a fine day spent picking fruit. But to my way of thinking, the pleasure of the company of loved ones and the joy of a job well done more than makes up for it.

Readers, do you have any fond memories of picking fruit with friends and family? Do you have a favorite jam or preserve recipe? Olive and I would both love to hear about them!

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  1. No one ever packed a picnic basket that I recall, but I spent hours helping my dad pick peaches, cherries, and berries in the summertime. We didn't have an orchard, but there always came a day when the cherries were finally ripe and had to be picked right away before birds discovered them and wiped the tree clean!

  2. Hey Olive...happy to see you here! No, I've never done any fruit picking myself, but have an extreme desire to go apple picking this fall. I always say, "this year we're going", but, we get busy and end up having to buy apples at the grocery store. :0(. We do have 3 orange trees in our back yard which don't produce very good fruit (peelings are way too thick, not much meat) and also an apricot tree which the birds got too before any fruit ripened.

  3. I love strawberry and blueberry preserves, I usually buy some from my town's farmer's market on weekends......Lorraine

  4. I do have fond memories of picking wild blackberries in the springtime. It is way too hot this time of year here in a Louisiana to be picking anything.

  5. I have picked. Now I just buy fruit. My niece and I make blackberry jalapeƱo jelly every year.

  6. My best friend for many years owns an organic farm. Blueberries and strawberries are just wonderful from there. As a family , we have picked bushels of them over the years. We eat lots right off of the plants. Mostly, we cook and freeze things. Frozen fruit from there makes yummy pies throughout the year too. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

  7. I have not been able to go and do this for ages! However I do love putting up anything I can; whether from the farmer's market or my own garden. I like making cordials, liquors, rumtopf, pickled everything like green beans, odd jams and chutneys as well as more traditional preserves... yumm. I teach a class on Backyard Booze - I offer it at The West Seattle Tool Library and The West Seattle Community Orchard... Here is a link to some of my recipes.... the last one down is the Rumtopf, enjoy!