"It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey...
And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here." ~ Wendell Berry

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
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were so delicious
so sweet
and so cold




You come back when you're ready!

Catherine


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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