fruit basket

14 07 2010

We visited a local orchard for peaches and plums, since July is the beginning of harvest season for stone fruit in our area.

tiny peaches

Lovely, fragrant little jewels of fruit: made unusually small by our summer’s roasting, rainless days.

tiny peaches in a drought

There was a sign posted next to the harvest bags: Sorry, the fruit is very small this year.

We had to agree and sadly left the peaches on their trees. Bebe plucked a few wee treats among the dwarf plum trees, so we paid for those and brought them home. I may put them in a very small cake, but only if Bebe doesn’t eat them all first.

Finally a love for stone fruit! A happily humming, juice dribbling, slurp gobbling LOVE for stone fruit: plums, cherries, even peaches. Can you see the big chomps he took from our fruit basket lesson?

fruit and fruit basket

His favorite phrase right now is, “What is this?” So we’ve been working with a Melissa & Doug plastic fruit set that his grandparents found at the Children’s Museum. He loves it! Plays for hours, and when I add real fruit to the basket so that he can feel/taste/smell them, that’s even better.

love the real stuff

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

-from “From Blossoms,” in Rose (New Poets of America) by Li-Young Lee




2 responses

14 07 2010

love the peach tree,
love the peaches more…

15 07 2010

i wish peach trees grew around here. i’d pick even the little ones.

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