Sweet & Fancy Memories July 24, 2006

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It was 1982. 7th grade at Valley Forge Junior High school. My shop teacher, Mr. Mickey had the stereotypical nub of an index finger that he could put on his nose so it looked like it was going into his brain. He talked in a raspy voice that only came from the combination of smoking for decades while tanning leather. "Mittelstaedt," he croaked, "come up here." In retrospect it could have been my inability to punch out holes in a leather belt with one swift knock of the awl, or maybe it was my lack of interest in stamping eagles into wrist bands; but in the end I just wasn't his kind of guy. "I see you got a fancy haircut," he said in front of the class. He paused and considered me. "Did your mom put a bowl on your head to do that or did you cut it yourself?" Not thinking clearly, I said: "I wanted to look just like you Mr. Mickey - fancy!" Later when I was in the vice principal's office for talking back to a teacher, I decided that I would try and use fancy as much as possible in daily conversation -- especially around Mr. Mickey.
Fancy Grapes: That's why I was so excited when we received the champagne grapes (aka Black Corinth) this week. Not only are they small, petite and sweet but they are aptly named: "Fancy!" There just isn't anything else like popping one tiny fancy grape into your mouth, rolling it on your tongue and then biting into the sweet juice. These are truly the caviar of grapes and they are really, superbly, undeniably fancy. As these are conventional grapes, we've put them in all of the crates except the organic ones.
Fancy Nectarines: Also in the conventional crates is the Neptune nectarine. Regardless of the fancy marketing name, this is basically a flat "donut-shaped" white nectarine. Different from the donut peaches, this nectarine can be sweet (and not astringent) in both the firm and soft form. There is a great amount of taste and sweetness in these and although it looks a bit odd and bumpy upon first sight, please don't be afraid (remember it's fancy!). Try it out - I think you'll really like it. Enjoy and be fruitful!


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