Summer Stone Fruits Makes Life in the San Joaquin Valley a Joy
When I get the snarky or surprised question, “Why do you live in Fresno,” (often from people who purport to be socially responsible, ethical and therefore progressive and tolerant), I have one word: produce. Living amongst some of the world’s most amazing farms and orchards is a huge bonus, whether I can go bicycling through them as they are in bloom or hang out at one of Fresno’s many farmers markets. While my friends in San Francisco and LA talk about “local food,” the reality is many of the ingredients come from the San Joaquin Valley.
The stone fruit has been especially amazing this year. Plums bursting with sugar and deep flavors; my uncle’s peaches would send the top chefs such as Nigella Lawson into a frenzy; and of course the peacotums have been sublime. The summer fruit season is already starting to fade; some of the white peaches and nectarines are done, and the donut peaches have been hard to find. But despite the temperatures that reach 45C (110C), summer here has been awesome. And having been home for five weeks (a record for me it seems) until today, I couldn’t imagine anywhere else I would want to be. Farming is such an integral part of California; Fresnans should be more proud and own it.
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[Image credits: Leon Kaye]