This is fruit picking season in the Mid Atlantic states and there are many opportunities to harvest your own if you are willing to stand in the hot sun and pick it yourself. The fruit is sun-ripened and the taste of it is incomparable to what is found in the store. However, to make your fruit picking experience enjoyable for everyone concerned there are a few rules of etiquette to follow out in the sun-baked fields.
First, listen to the owners directions. There is a pattern that they wish you to follow so that everyone has an equal opportunity to pick ripe delicious fruit. Don’t go headlong willy-nilly through the bushes looking for the biggest fruit and refusing to pick all the ripe fruit on the plant, bush or tree.
Secondly, don’t bring small children who cannot follow directions. They eat their weight in fruit and trample the plants, especially strawberries.
Thirdly, bring your own buckets with sturdy handles for picking and a large pan to receive the picked fruit from a full bucket. Then you can go back to picking with an empty bucket.
And finally, Keep in mind the price of the fruit per pound and decide ahead of time how much you want to pick. I’ve seen lots of people act like a kid in a candy store and pick way more fruit than they planned. Only to get to the checkout with not enough cash. There are no credit card machines out in the fields.
Remember, you are a privileged guest on the owners land and this is how they make their living. Observe proper etiquette treating the fruit orchards as if they were your own and the farmers will continue to invite all of us back to pick our own fruit next year.
The last day of the adventure and I find myself returning to the Juice Reboot. Halloween with its mini-candy bars just about did me in. I am now craving sugar and chocolate again. So, the remedy is to Reboot. At the end of the 90 day adventure I’m dusting off the juicer and enjoying at least one day of fasting to break the addictions and get back on track to healthy eating.
Fall fruit and vegetables make delicious juices. The fresh kale is still growing in the garden and apples are available from the orchard. Plus carrots have been recently harvested. The two recipes using these seasonal ingredients are as follows:
For those of you who are rebooting your system with a juice fast. Visit www.fatsickandnearlydead.com site for explicit instructions. The 15 day fast is doable with a normal schedule, just remember that the first 2 days are uncomfortable. If you feel really hungry and tired, eat raw or steamed vegetables. Bake a potato, steam some kale, raw carrots, a fresh tomato, etc. It helps if you can get your vegetables and fruit in season close to where they are grown. A Farmer’s Market and local orchards are great sources. Everything will taste better. Also, if you want more juice recipes, just write a comment. Send me a line, I’m listening.
Just posting a new juicing recipe. Combine an apple, celery and cucumber in your juicer. With apples coming into season, incorporate them into juices, meals and snacks. The orchards nearby have an amazing variety of apples that ripen in turn all the way to Thanksgiving. Develop your own new recipes and send them to me.