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Peach Pecks, Mystery Apples, and Summer’s First Cider.

THE SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT is based on a fallacy—that farming happens slowly.  Sure, there are months of waiting for the crops, when you don’t know whether to scratch your watch or wind your butt.  Then… Bam!  You gotta lotta food … Continue reading

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How to Pick a Peach, and How to Avert Another Cold War.

PEACH SEASON BEGINS not with a bang or a whimper, but with the dressing-room rustlings of our summer stars.  While a bunch of peaches have stepped onto center stage—and are ready to pick!—many of the cast are still backstage preening. … Continue reading

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A Big Eggplant Sale, a Rare Plum Batch, and a Morning Hasselhoff.

JUST LAST NIGHT around the campfire, one of us farmers was asked, “If you could have your brain implanted into someone else’s body, whose would it be?”  That farmer said without missing a beat, “David Hasselhoff.” Incredibly, the Hoff Himself … Continue reading

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Crazy Early Apples to Pick, and a Review of the Babies’ Progress.

NEVER THOUGHT WE’D SAY THIS, but Zorro had the right idea. Dug himself a hole to expose the cool soil, and hunkered beneath the orchard office. Poor guy is built for cooler climes, high up in Basque country, bred to … Continue reading

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Happy Berrythday, America, and Au Revoir, Les Strawbs.

FOR PAGANS AND ASTRONOMERS, summer begins on the solstice. For us fruit farmers, it starts on the Fourth of July. That’s when the strawberries pull up stakes and head for the ferry, trumpeting the end of spring’s labor and the … Continue reading

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Strawberries, Raspberries, and How the Horn of Plenty Works.

A FARM IS A STUDY in timing. Sometimes we have nothing but dirt—messy dirt, dusty dirt, and dirty old dirt. A bumper crop of dirt. Nobody ever asks, How much for a pint of dirt? Do you have good dirt … Continue reading

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9 Rows of Strawberries, 28 Spinning Toasters, and 1 Italian Wedding.

YOU BERRY MONSTERS are a wonderful site each morning, vacuuming up the ripest specimens, vanishing by the sleepy afternoon, and reappearing for a final sunset sweep.  Bravo and thank you, friends. Strawberry season continues this week.  Successive waves of berries … Continue reading

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