Of Rabbit Holes & Writing Desks

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Nessie, the six-month-old chocolate lab, tears through the house  wanting nothing more than to lick the cat until it becomes her  friend. A puffed up and spitting blur of fur trailed by a bottle brush  tail screams past my feet wishing it were just a floating Cheshire  smile as the dog slides around the corner to beat a path between my  legs. Meanwhile my wife brushes Cocktail and Josie, the guinea  pigs, who have obviously been shedding on purpose for attention.  My kids are in the kitchen arguing. “She is really tan,” daughter #1 says. Daughter #2 looks confused. “She is not,” she says,  trying to disabuse her sister of this error - “She’s only nine.” I’m  momentarily, and quite summarily, transported to the table of the  Mad Hatter’s tea party. I feel I’m wearing a jacket that’s three sizes  too small and I think it may clash with my cravat. I hear the dog  before I see it and I’m knocked to the ground. The cat is on top of  the refrigerator looking at me as if this is all my fault, and it could  truly be, but I like to think it’s all just a big misunderstanding.

cherriesWhy is it that in springtime we seem to fall down whatever surreal  rabbit hole may be waiting for us? In the fruit world it’s the same  thing. There’s the tickle of curiosity and the beginning feeling of  excitement. The longer sunlight and buildup of warmth during the  day that makes us feel that we are somewhere we aren’t yet. That  somewhere we aren’t quite yet is in the presence of summer stone  fruit. Now I have seen some very early peaches, but they are so  green and without sugar that they don’t make the grade for our  mixes - but they are out there. I’m also seeing some early cherries  too but I want to make sure that they are sweet and not bitter. So -  how much longer you may ask. Are we there yet? Well, hang onto  your teacups because we’re very close to answering that annual  Mad-Fruitier riddle: “Why is stone fruit like a writing desk?” The  answer (which is of course commonly known amongst professors  and small aquatic mammals) is: “Very, very soon.”

Keep checking our mixes by region at www.fruitguys.com/mix. Don’t fret, as soon as the stone fruit is good, it will be  in our mixes. Enjoy and be fruitful!

- Chris Mittelstaedt chris@fruitguys.com

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