When I’m at the grocery store picking out fresh produce, I catch myself digging through the whole display looking for that ‘perfect’ looking specimen. Do you ever do that? I gaze over the display, craft my battle plan (avoid the ones in the front, those are the ones someone let hit the floor, right?) and dive in! I pick up what I may think is a contender, one that just screams ‘winner’…and then turn it over, and see a nick, blotch, crack or some other cosmetic flaw and back it goes! Why? I really don’t know. I dig back in, find my contenders, my cart now filled with fresh plums, tomatoes, lettuce, (taco salad for dinner tonight) spinach and even grapes if they’re in season and off I go. My wife’s a good cook so dinner is a success, even though what I bought was trucked miles and miles and miles on a refrigerated produce truck in from who knows where.
Store Bought vs. Home Grown
I ran into an old friend from high school the other day. We hadn’t seen each other in a while, so we met for breakfast and talked a long time. He lives on acreage, so he plays in the dirt during his spare time after work, asking me if I wanted some home grown produce. Of course, I said yes, and as we were saying goodbye, he reaches into his car and hands me a BIG bag of fresh squash, tomatoes, peppers (3 kinds), cucumbers, grapes, and more! They ALL tasted AWESOME!!!
My wife sliced a little bit of everything, added some Italian dressing, a little salt and pepper and made an impromptu veggie salad. As I watched her do this, I couldn’t keep my hands out of the bowl, nibbling another, and then another, and then ‘oh, I need to try that pepper’ and ‘oh wait, there’s an Armenian cucumber’, and oh wait….Good stuff! Where am going with this?
Home Grown Fruit is the BEST!
And yes, I mean ANYTHING home grown is just plain amazing. Whether from a farmer’s market, your own backyard, or a local fruit stand at the corner — buy food close to home when you can. Period. End of story. But I learned another thing about home grown fruit when I think back to what my friend so generously gave me. Some of it was, let’s say ‘cosmetically challenged’…far from perfect looking at all, but who cares? Taste. It’s all about the taste. I picked up cracked tomatoes and popped them in my mouth…good! Blemishes, nicks, imperfect color, cracks…I didn’t care a bit because I trusted my friend; he’s an amazing gardener, and the stuff did NOT travel hundreds of miles in a truck only to sit in cold storage—just 7 miles to me on the front seat of his car and then straight to my kitchen. Oh wait, another pearl of wisdom to share….
Still Plenty of Time to Plant!
Plant a fruit tree, and no, its not too late. Since we ship all of our trees potted in soil unlike our “bare root only” competitors, we can ship the lower 48 states 52 weeks of the year. You want a home-grown peach, plum, nectarine, apple, fig, cherry, or more…pick up the phone 800-828-TREE or log on to our site tomorrowsharvest.com and its yours. You have more room than you think for a tree. Most stone fruit (what I just mentioned above) can be grown in very little space if you clip your trees to fit the space you have, as timely pruning actually encourages even MORE fruit. Grow in a container. Roof top garden. Covered patio or porch. Large pots by your pool. On your deck. Planted in the ground. Let your mind go wild! Be creative. Find a recipe book and see all the good stuff that can be done with fresh fruit from YOUR own tree.