Peaches, worms and memories

Yesterday, Julie took David to his PT and then Trader Joes to shop for groceries. I had used ‘The Flyer’ from TJ to add items to the grocery list including white peaches. David had some this morning with blueberries.  Before I could get a closeup of the fruit, David added his usual whipped cream supplement.  He puts whipped cream on everything except bacon.  Fortunately it has no sugar in it. I suppose that is okay.  Just call me the sugar hawk.

If I named one fruit I absolutely love its peaches and these white peaches, although lighter in color are quite tasty.

I’ve never seen them before David said.  Unfortunately, they are often tossed aside by the growers because they are not yellow enough, I told him.

Shoppers think Apples should be red, oranges orange and peaches yellow and won’t buy them if they are not. Its less expensive to toss them out than ship them and have them rot on the shelf.

What’s this obsession with color and size anyway? Have consumers gone mad?  The strawberries we buy are oversized and tasteless, the tomatoes are sad.  There is something to be said for locally grown and heirloom varieties in season.

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Looking for documents (official papers) with my daughter this week, I found a talk on vermicomposting, I had prepared years ago for my Toastmasters group .

Granddaughter Joy was here with mom, and she said, “I remember when we did that project grandma. I shared that with my 4-H kids this week. And Bill has the vermicomposter set up next to the pond.”

Now if you haven’t heard about vermicomposting, it has to do with worms. In the ‘old days’, I showed Joy how to use kitchen scraps to make compost for your garden using worms.  Actually, she was president of the ecology club at her school and it was a project for her club.

Now that she’s 22, and off to New England this weekend for a job interview with a dairy farm, it’s a treat for me that she remembers projects we did together when she was a child of eight.

Joy age 22 at an ice cream shop in CA and age five at our house, with mom and silly sisters.

21 thoughts on “Peaches, worms and memories

  1. Years ago I had a worm bed setup since the manufacturer specified the container was appropriate for placement inside for an apt. or house. But I was very careful to limit what was fed since it was in the house. Many months later I discovered some tiny little creatures beginning to cover the soil surface. I don’t know what they were but I no longer felt comfortable with having them inside. I moved the container outside on our covered patio, took some other measures, but was unable to protect them from our high summer temps.

    Natural flavor has been bred out of fruits and veggies with the primary focus on outward appearance and hardiness for shipping. The last really good tasting strawberries I had was over twenty years ago when a Japanese couple had a large patch of Sequoia berries nearby. They were the only really large strawberries I ever ate that were so flavorful and sweet that no sugar was needed. Unfortunately, the land eventually became the site of a fast food chain.

    Peach pie was a favorite of my husband’s. I like to know if peaches are freestone or not, but grocery produce departments no longer reveal that information. Often they don’t even know what freestone means, or they’ll say that information isn’t provided to them with the shipments. This has been true at all the stores I’ve visited including TJs.

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    • Flowers, especially roses have also been ruined unless you buy the ‘heriloom vwriety’. I love my cecile Brunner, which is taking over the back yard sine the neighbors took a red out.

      As for strawberries, I grow fraises des Bois in a strawberry jar and have for years, Now and then the critters around here leave me one.

      These white peaches come lose from the pit and are easy to slice. (I probably shouldn’t tell people about their wonders because it will drive up the price.) I want to make cobbler myself.

      So sad about the strawberry-growing neighbors. I hate food chains. we tend to support independent eateries where we can..

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  2. The best peaches I ever had were from the ornamental peach trees that used to be planted as street trees in California until they were deemed “too messy.” They tasted like the white peaches but were smaller, juicier and had a somewhat bitter skin that added to their flavor. Another favorite “street fruit” was the Japanese plum, a red leafed tree. I used to eat those by the bale. There are still some of those trees around. Yes, I was a roamer and a forager as a kid!
    I miss stone fruit in Hawaii, not being willing to buy Mainland fruit here. When I’m in the Northwest in summer, I go nuts over the plums, peaches, nectarines and all the berries!

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    • A wild plum tree grew on the banks of a creek near my house when I was a kid. I’d pick the fruit on the way to school. I never could develop a taste for mangos, although I buy them and use them in smoothies.

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  3. It’s absolutely wonderful that she remembers childhood projects with you — and even more wonderful that what she learned from you she is using in her adult life! You go Grandma! (You obviously knew her very well back then and what she would be interested in.) Sometimes we get what they call ‘belly button white peaches’ because they have a kind of indentation — the flavor is absolutely out of this world but they are as white as a piece of paper inside and out. They’re coming from the Yakima Valley (Washington State) and I’m sure they never travel much farther than here.

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  4. White peaches are in the shops here as a special variety, particularly towards the end of the season. They’re as tasty as the yellow ones. I think there are even white nectarines.

    Could it be that the young simply have a better memory than us oldies? The things I’ve forgotten would fill a book.

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  5. A super memory your granddaughter and you share. David looks great and so does his dessert! I enjoyed your other photos also. I know at least two couples who practice vermicomposting, and have been doing this for several years.

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  6. How wonderful to hear the Grand Daughter speak of learning that you shared. I love sharing info with the Grand Girl. Sometimes you can see she has little interest but other times she wants to know more or run out and do something. Being a grandmother is so heartwarming sometimes.

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  7. White peaches are quite the rage here in California. They are usually more expensive. There are also white nectarines, also very popular. The jelly made from white nectarines has a pink tint to it.
    I bought a few organic yellow peaches the other day and made a small batch of preserves. I let the peaches sit on the table until soft and almost mushy. They develop the most divine fragrance and make the best jam.

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  8. Joy looks like her gorgeous Mom.

    I agree with you about the fruit. The strawberries, available year round, are awful. I buy fruit in season when I can. This time of year is great for local fruit and berries. I freeze some for the coldest months and preserve some too, like apples.

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  9. Good luck to your granddaughter. We did the vermicomposting for years when I had a house and garden. Put all our coffee grounds in it. The worms seemed to really like their coffee.

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