"Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a farm and live entirely surrounded by cows–and china." Charles Dickens

February 10, 2012

"The plums that were in the icebox..."

Stanley plums hang from a tree in Casey County in August.
This is why I preserve the fruits of summer: so I can enjoy them on a dreary day in February, when the only berries or fruits at the grocery store are Chilean, or bananas or citrus fruit that got boring back in December. 

Canning and freezing is a way of continuing to eat local produce year round. There is nothing better than opening a jar of peaches, plums or pears from your pantry after they've sat a bit in the refrigerator (or, as my husband and I grew up with,"icebox"–a term leftover from our parents and grandparents).

They are luscious, sweet, summery and worth every sweaty hour I took in the summer to put them up.

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were so delicious
so sweet
and so cold

You come back when you're ready!


1 comment:

  1. Have you been to Lavern's at the intersection of South Fork and 910 this winter? Leanne says they have the most beautiful fresh veggies and fruits and they are much cheaper than Kroger's. Check it out.


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