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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Elephant heart plums

 

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And more plums from the yard of Edward Kaye

 

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Pluots, The Orange Store

 

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Setting a table with stone fruits is another bonus

 

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Peaches from my uncle's yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.