Archive for the 'Village Harvest' Category

Who was that masked man?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

It was Henry, keeping a barrier against infection between himself and the world. We picked about 750 lbs of good apples today, with probably another 250 lbs of culls. Not a good year for apples, it seems, which is strange since it was such a banner year for pears. I finished Farm City today, it […]

Fight. Love. Live.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

We picked some apples at Filoli this morning, in the beautiful old orchard that is being lovingly restored by Alex Fernandez, their head horticulturalist. They pick themselves for fruit tastings for the members of Filoli, and not everything was ripe yet, but we picked about 10 large trees’ worth of fruit. Filoli is in the […]

Our Nation’s Capital

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

I had a lot of fun in Baltimore, visiting a friend from college. We spent Saturday in DC, where I found the signs to be a bit testy. I had two very memorable meals. The first was in Baltimore, at Woodberry Kitchen, where the knowledgeable server and my friend struggled to make me understand that […]


Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

We picked some figs today at Village Harvest, along with an astonishing amount of grapefruit. My fig tree is a sad tree, certainly due to my decision 12 years ago to build a treehouse around it. Not in it; the treehouse platform is supported by sturdy wooden posts on concrete footings. But the luxuriant fig […]

A pear, a pple

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

That’s one of my favorite B. Kliban comics (that and “Bugs kept away”) and I always think about it when we’re picking pears. We returned to yet another regular Santa Cruz mountain orchard and picked almost a ton of pears, in addition to the other ton that another team had picked here on Saturday. (Can […]

More pears

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

We went back to the pears of Summit Woods this morning, picking more at last week’s orchard, plus another house. Village Harvest is all about the team, for me, and we have a great time picking together. Here’s John bull riding: And here are La Jefe fabulosa and Henry in the orchard. For snack, we […]

Have pole picker, will travel

Monday, August 17th, 2009

No photos today. I picked a lovely kumquat tree, about six weeks too late, but the kumquats were enormous and seedless, so it is certainly a tree we should return to in force next year. I’ll bring the fruit with me tomorrow, and we can distribute it. I’ve about got to the point where I […]

Fruits of our labors

Friday, August 14th, 2009

A busy day. First thing in the morning, I harvested at Veggilelution, to the detriment of my now-scratched-by-zucchini-vines arms. Here are the perps: Amie got some cool old wooden crates from an orchard, and so we picked into those. We also picked lots of pretty tomatoes. All in all, about 90 lbs of veggies that […]

Prunes and CSA

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

This morning, we had a very special episode of Village Harvest, gleaning almost a ton of Italian prune plums from the Guadalupe Historic Orchard. This is one of my favorite places we go every year (they come thick and fast at the end of the summer) and we also enjoyed the best volunteer group evar, […]


Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

There are places we all look forward to returning to every year. Village Harvest is no different, and today we harvested the first of several small orchards in the Santa Cruz mountains. Even though it’s still August, and plenty hot, it feels like the turning of the season. These are Bartlett pears, and, like all […]

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