DEAR FARM FANS: Everybody’s great. Everyone gets a trophy. As it is in life, so it is on the farm. But peach season has begun and, truth be told, some of you will come out ahead while some of you will end up sulking. That’s because—even though it’s not a competition—many vainglorious locavores positively shrivel at being outdone.
We don’t like to stir the pot, but one local family just dropped 26 jars of peach whoopass on y’all. Dedicated pickers Brenden, Cari, and Isabella came out last week when everybody was pooh-poohing our low sugar culinary peaches… and just look at what they did. Picked 3 boxes of peaches and made a winter’s worth of preserves. Booyah.
Running up the score, Brenden’s tribe also picked 25 pounds of cukes which made 36 jars of pickles. (Cukes are picked out for the moment, so to the winners went the spoils.) Thanks to Brenden for sending the inspiring pics and bringing his gang to the farm. He said, “We think it’s very important for our kids know where our food comes from.”
Yes, the sweet peaches have been primping backstage with help from their eggplant handlers. Tuning and tweaking til they were fully on fleek. Ask at the stand which rows are picking. And just in case you get here after a heavy crowd, we have pre-picked peaches at the stand that you can get for the u-pick price, $1.50 a pound!
And now for something completely different. You can get your own apple crates for only $10—and use them for picking, hauling, furniture, decorations, whatever. We have a ton and you can choose the branded Indian Creek ones or the antiquey ones as you like.
Here’s the idea: Every time you pick a bushel of fruits and veggies, you end up using a few plastic bags. Those cost the farm a couple dollars, money that goes straight to the petroleum lobby. If you’re feeling old-fashioned and fruit-forward, try a wooden crate instead of the plastic bags. It’s a win-win.
You can buy wooden crates in stores for $17, $20, even $30. These are the farm-fresh article for only $10. Branded with an iron brand. Or pick the shabbier-chic version for adorning your garden. Heck it’s not even a bad price for kindling.