While not necessarily the music of my "time", growing up with the name 'Melissa' meant that I have been well-versed on the music of the Allman Brothers likely since I could speak. "Eat A Peach" was their third album released and was named after a quote from founding member, Duane Allman, in which he says that he eats a peach for peace every time he's in Georgia. We couldn't help but think of the album cover of this timeless release as we picked peaches at I-Guana Farm yesterday. We are in what I affectionately think of as 'visitor season' in that our families come to visit us, we get to show them what we've been busy at, and we get to take some time to explore and do things that ordinarily we might not take the time to enjoy all together. It's fantastic.
Strangely, I haven't eaten just a plain ol' peach in years. (I know, I know, it's weird, but they're just not my thing usually). As I stood there in Bob and Linda's orchard yesterday with juice dripping down my face and hands, having just plucked what was I-kid-you-not close to a one pound perfect peach, it was near to nirvana. The autumn sun was dipping west, we were the lone-pickers in the orchard, the conversation was fun and light (as it should be while peach picking), and the peaches divine. I got to thinking in the shower last night after we returned home how fortunate I was to be able to taste "true food" like this. I take this simple act for granted that I get to do this on a daily basis in our field as I'm harvesting and doing a bit of quality control (wink, wink), but for whatever reason it hit home doing this on someone else's property. Earlier in the week, I'd had the privilege to have a very similar experience at Uncle Johnny's U-Pick while picking berries. The raspberries were still warm from the sun and seemed to melt when they hit my tongue, and the blackberries were the juiciest, plumpest, sweetest that I've ever laid eyes on. I could've just sat there all afternoon with my hands and lips purple from picking had Johnny not interrupted me to show me his leaf-cutter bee boxes that he built and to discuss organic fertilization. Needless to say, our freezer is full of what I think is the finest fruit to be found for our winter consumption.
In our field, I am in love with our cherry tomatoes right now, blush, peacevine, and black cherry varieties. The oversized red Carmen peppers I eat like apples in the field, and the last of the beans are perfection. There is so much deliciousness abounding right now. We have our first winter squash available this week -delicata, sweet dumpling, and spaghetti. Their presence is a sure sign of fall settling in. Because the weights of these squash vary, with the online store, simply click the button to add one of these to your cart and your accurate total will be reflected on your receipt. We also have spicy greens available. These spicy greens have some damage from flee beetle which, if you're unfamiliar with, they chew tiny holes in the leaves doing mostly just aesthetic damage. August turned out to be such a hot, dry month that the flee beetles thrived. Hopefully we will not have these issues with our next bed doing the majority of its' growth in cooler weather. At any rate, the flavor is spicy and wonderful, and, I will add, there are no "bugs" on the greens. They just leave their mark. They are discounted to $3.50/bag for this reason. There truly is so much amazing bounty right now in our field.
With this, we wish you all a lovely week ahead. Thank you for your tremendous support of our farm and local, organic agriculture.