Caught up in the holiday spirit, I decided to make a bunch of fruit pies over the weekend. Apple alone was too predictable, so I raided some of my precious freezer stash of fruits I’ve picked throughout the year to make some mix-and-match combinations. This blueberry-raspberry pie (blueberries from our trip to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, raspberries from our trip to Washington state) was the all-around favorite.
And that’s when I had this incredible realization: What an amazing year it’s been of visiting farms and enjoying the fruits of our farmers’ hard work:
Oranges in La Verne, CA
Spinach and lettuce in El Centro, CA
Dates and peppers in Coachella, CA
Cherries in Leona Valley, CA
Macadamia nuts in Captain Cook, HI
Raspberries in Carnation, WA
Beets and squash in Mount Laurel, NJ
Blueberries in Egremont, MA
Cranberries in the Pine Barrens of NJ
Potatoes in Idaho Falls, ID
Did I miss anyone? And that even begin to cover the growers, distributors, market owners, and associations I’ve worked with closely this year.
All of these experiences have made me grateful for every fruit and vegetable I’m able to serve to my family, representing hours of labor, learning and love. Thank you, farmers.
(Oh, and by the way – Blueberry-raspberry pie = Amazing!)