Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fresh Fruit

Trent from The Simple Dollar has a lot to say about seasonal produce -- and buying it at the right season, in order to get the best price.

He's right.

The girlies -- yours truly, too -- love clementines, those small, sweet mandarin-type oranges. Right now, they're about $1 a pound. We eat them by the five-pound box, and can easily go through two or three at a time, before the season ends and the prices go up.

Colorado has the best peaches in the world -- and that's coming from a girl who grew up in an area of Michigan where orchards were common next-door neighbors. We even had apple trees on our property that had seeded from the orchard across the fence!

Anyways, the best way to take advantage of that is to order a box of fruit from the Western Slope. Half of the forty pounds gets gobbled up right away; the rest is washed and bagged, two or three peaches at a time, in plastic bags for the freezer. You haven't lived until you've had a fresh-frozen peach smoothie, or a wash of peach sauce on ice cream.

Yum.

It feels ironic, even thinking of fresh fruit -- we got 6" of snow yesterday, and the temps plunged down below 10. The dogs do their business outside quickly, then rush back in for their warm blankets.

Back to work...

1 comment:

Allison Ann Aller said...

Have to disagree with you here, Cindy, as a fellow West Michigan girl...nobody can grow better peaches than the good farmers in the lower peninsula. As big as grapefruit, and so juicy and sweet.......

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