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Wednesday, June 08, 2011


The other exciting garden produce this week is not from my garden, but from my grandparents. I came home Friday to find the contents of a box of cherries.

To back up, my grandparents have a "garden" that's really more of a small farm. It spans two properties and includes several well established fruit trees: kumquats, tangerines, oranges, peaches, and right now, the big star is the Bing cherry tree. With the wet spring, the cherries came in plump and will inevitably rot quickly, but right now they're glorious.

My grandma called last week to ask if we'd be in Sacramento this weekend. That wasn't in the cards, so she said, "That's okay. Your grandpa has discovered Priority Mail boxes. You can stuff them with lead and they ship for the same price as feathers." So I envisioned getting a small priority mail box of cherries delivered to my doorstep.

But this is my grandpa, and his idea of a few oranges is an one entire paper grocery sack full rather than two. In Priority Mail box terms, I think we got the Medium box. This led to two green bags full of cherries. Now some were soft and a little rotty, and some had been attacked by little worms, but there's still a vast amount of cherries, and they're ripe and delicious. We spent the entire weekend with a frequently refilled bowl full on the table. Luckily, I eat a lot of fiber in my daily life, so there were no unintended effects.

But seriously, there are few more magical things than having your grandparent's home grown cherries show up on your doorstep when it's pouring down rain in the beginning of June.


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