The Peach Party

Share this post

By Jeff Main of Good Humus Produce, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop

This last weekend was the Peach Party, our midsummer thanksgiving to all the bounty that comes our way, year after year. Then Monday morning, amid tears and hugs, we sent our daughter Claire off to her last year at Cal State Monterey. Monday saw the first day of picking of the O’Henry peach, our last peach of the season. The first planting of our winter crops has just broken through the surface of the soil. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant look like they will start about the middle of August. Beginnings and endings, beginnings and endings, may they go on forever.

The Peach Party, the Pleasure of the Peach, began twenty years ago as a celebration of becoming the owners of the home we had established here at Good Humus. We had lived and farmed here for eight years prior to that first Peach Party, working on faith in our future ownership. Already, we had raised our barn, planted our trees, willows and birches, peaches and apricots, oaks and redwoods and cedars, and with three children running around, had become a real family farm. So, at the signing of the deed, it was already time to invite and to honor all that had been part of the building of the farm, the community that surrounded us. The theme of giving thanks for the midsummer bounty of the luscious, voluptuous peaches came naturally, as the end of that harvest marks the end of our most overwhelming, intense period of effort.

This summer, Claire graced our newsletters with some of her prose, filling in when we were rushing around trying to complete that day’s crisis. I got used to saying to Annie, “check and see if Claire can do that” and we got used to having a reliable backup for those frantic times. Claire has always had the subtle gift of being able to stream onto the printed page who she is, what she is thinking about, and how the world around her looks to her. And now with the refining of the skills of a true observer and chronicler, her stories have become entertaining, flowing, and reflective of true insight. You can imagine the difficulty when the Monday morning after the Peach Party rolled around and suddenly, everything that hadn’t been said or done during the too- short weeks that she was here was lost amid the hustle of a hurried leaving. As a new quiet descends on the home of Annie, May, and I, we are thankful to have had the time to discover the Claire that came home to us from Monterey, Europe, Sweden, and years of experiences.

As I sit here remembering the many more happenings of the last week, I grow aware of the hustle and bustle downstairs in the packing area. As Good Humus grows more complex and diversified, it is a never-ending juggling effort to try to do enough of everything to keep the whole alive. From Monday’s perspective, I can see that the Peach Party is a gathering of healers, of those who care, and that there is a balm spread over the acres and our existence that produces a real and lasting effect on all that which inhabits Good Humus Produce.


Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required


Recent The FruitLife articles:

Summer fruit varieties and when you’ll be seeing them
July 9, 2019
Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
A tribute to the “Lemon Lady” of Redwood City
March 11, 2019
The FruitGuys New Year’s poem
January 8, 2019
Sowing the seeds of entrepreneurship
October 31, 2018
Give the delicious gift of farm-fresh fruit and healthy snacks
October 4, 2018
Summer to fall transition brings new fruit into the rotation
October 2, 2018
Bring some fruitful fun to your workplace on Tuesday, October 2
September 27, 2018
Farmer suicide is a public health threat and could hurt our food supply
August 14, 2018

More recent articles:

Summer muffin recipe
July 18, 2019
Assumptions can harm both recruiters and job seekers
July 16, 2019
Simple summer salad dressing recipes
July 11, 2019
Easy summer pasta recipe
July 4, 2019
How to create a dress code that works all year
July 2, 2019
More employers are getting serious about time off
June 27, 2019
Two Easy Recipes for Canning Stone Fruit
June 25, 2019
The health benefits of honeydew melon
June 20, 2019
The delicate flavors of white peaches and nectarines
June 13, 2019
Don’t let plantar fasciitis pain break your stride
June 11, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.