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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, …

My Daddy


Dad. Father. Papa. The one who holds the family together. Patriarch. Leader. Bear hugger. Most memorable laugher. Teacher of life lessons. The one who taught me to drive. Passion instiller. Farmer. Daddy. 

 

Dads are one of the most important people in our lives. My Dad meant so much to me. He was the reason I am who I am today. I remember from a young age farming with my dad. Driving around with him checking fields. I even had a small table in his office at the farm that I pretended to work just like him. He taught me so much about agriculture. He is the reason I love agriculture and farming. He gave me my passion for agriculture. He was so proud that my sister and I wanted to be involved in agriculture too. But he hated that I went to school so far away. And even though I didn’t come home to farm with him as planned, I married an almond farmer who he loved as his own son. 



my three favorite farmers

one of our memorable gator rides together
Papa B and his grandson Napping together
 

It pains me to write about my Dad in past tense. There will be no more memories and future planning with my Dad. My father passed away unexpectedly on May 30th. We may never know why God decided to take him at the young age of 63, but we know he had no pain and went to rest peacefully in his office chair doing what he loved, farming. It was a day that I will always remember. A day that will make me stop and really appreciate the days I had with him. But I will always wish for more. More days. More talks. More memories.

 

My dad farmed his whole life and wouldn’t have done anything else. I’m grateful for my sister who farmed with my Dad for the past 15 years and is keeping the farm going as my dad would want it. The farm was my Dad’s everything. The main ranch sits at my parents house. The office and shop in the yard of their house. He never left the farm and now it is our job to ensure the farm continues in his memory. 

 
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Walnuts will always be Papa B’s trees, and I will remind my son of that even as he grows. He gets so excited every time we see walnuts because he thinks they are his Grandpa’s. It pains me to know my kids won’t have as many memories with him as they should. But we will continue to talk about him and keep as many pictures around as possible so they know who he was and the great life he lived.

 

It’s been a painful last two weeks and Father's Day just won’t be the same. Each day that goes by I keep hoping to see him walk through the orchard, or hear his laugh just one more time. I’m not sure how but I know life will go on. It just won’t be the same. There won’t be anymore gator rides together. There won’t be anyone to worry about me as much as he did. There is just a special bond between a dad and daughter. I was the baby, daddy’s little girl. We both have a sentimental side to life. He looked at life the same way that I do. 

 




 

Everyday I think of you. I will always be your little girl. You will always be in my heart. I love you Daddy. 

 

Happy Father’s Day in heaven. 

Until Next Time,
Daddy's Little Girl

 


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