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What to do with all the fresh fruit from your fruit tree

It's summer and nothing says summer more to me than fresh fruit right off the tree. I am lucky to have grown up with a whole row of fruit trees in my Dad's orchard. He has a few of everything; plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apples, pomegranates, oranges and even figs. Summertime just isn't complete without a fresh peach to eat as you're walking around the backyard.


When we moved into our house we live in now, we were lucky to have a peach and persimmon tree already in the backyard. They were large and established. In fact, we moved in July and the peach tree was kind of like a welcome home present. The first week we moved in, the peach tree was already gifting us with fresh fruit. Some may have been a little overwhelmed with a whole peach tree but I was rejoicing.


Within the next few years we added some dwarf trees to our collection too; lemon, nectarine, plum, pear, mandarin and lime are now part of our family too. Whether you too have a backyard fruit tree, …

Thankful

The holidays are always a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. During all the hustle and bustle, it is nice to stop and think about all that we have in our lives.

I am thankful for family. Last week was thanksgiving and my family came down from Northern California to spend the holiday with us. I am thankful for the chances we get to spend time together. I am thankful for the memories, laughter and smiles that are created during our visits.

I am thankful for the opportunity my parents gave me of growing up on a farm. Working in the fields during holiday vacations and summer break, I was able to appreciate the land around me. I may have not liked the physical labor all the time, but looking back on it now, it strengthened me as an adult. Having the chance to work alongside my father, sister and cousins was a great experience I wouldn’t trade. I grew up raising sheep and swine for 4-H and FFA. I am thankful my parents gave me the opportunity to learn responsibility and finance at a young age. Having the chance to care for animals and watching the babies be born every year, is one of God’s many blessings.

I am thankful for my new family. I am lucky that my husband was also raised by a farming family. He grew up driving tractors, irrigating and tending to the land. He has the opportunity of farming with his father and grandfather and learning from them every day. I am thankful for them for passing down the passion of farming to my husband, so we can pass it on to our children someday.

I am thankful for the land. We may struggle with a reliable water supply, rising land costs, sharing our property with mineral rights owners and the ever unpredictable Mother Nature, but in the end we have a chance to nourish and love the land. We feed the land and the land feeds us. I am thankful for the crops the land produces, so we can help feed the world.

I think during the holiday season, it is important to look back at what we have been given over the past year and be thankful. Thankful for the opportunities we had, for the ones we didn’t have and the ones we have yet to encounter.

Until next time,
Almond Girl

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