A California Monday

Monday in California, and still enthralled by the extraordinary beauty of the place. Went for a drive yesterday in the northern valleys of Ventura county and spent a good hour trying to re-identify what I was looking at, flora-wise. Orchards of oranges, loads of lemon trees, and an abundance of avocados. Makes me almost like avocados again. Almost.
Somewhere along the way we stopped at a fruit and vegetable stand where virtually everything in the place is grown locally. We got lemons, satsuma tangerines, some avocado honey (really) and watched pygmy goats and alpacas endure small tourist attentions. The real news about this place, though, is that the list on the little slate board tacked next to the register, headed “Grown here” listed 22 items. Beautiful lettuces, Napa cabbage, beets of three kinds, obviously just harvested, with greens attached. Tomatoes. Carrots. And strawberries, just picked. Almost overwhelming. We had to buy and eat several things, including a restorative taste of cherimoya, the Central American relative of the pawpaw, often called Custard Apple. Oddly, I’d eaten my first whole pawpaw last summer, courtesy of a fellow who attended a community engagement meeting on the National Heritage Area feasibility study. Now I’m patiently awaiting the one we purchased to become perfectly ripe, probably sometime tomorrow. Those of you who know how passionate I can get about fresh and local food realize by now that I’ve managed to get to heaven without actually having to die. Rabid foodie, me. I confess. Be nice to me and I’ll share my artichokes.

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Story teller, retired journalist, author, folksinger, folklorist, gardener.
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4 Responses to A California Monday

  1. Rose Scarlet says:

    Sounds absolutely blissful!

  2. Margaret Underwood says:

    Wow oh wow!! I am so glad you are doing this…wonderful for the body and soul. I have had avocados that weren’t good and found the best in Mexico…by the time they are “hand ripened” in the grocery store…that is another story…urp. I am so into locally grown food too and thinking maybe I should plant my English peas about now!!!

    • yarnspinnerpress says:

      Yes, they’ve got the good avacados out here. Delicious, but they don’t ship well, so we have to put up with those hard little things from Florida.
      Absolutely plant those peas. Remind me when I get home and have more time and I’ll share a unique pea planting method with you.

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