Archive for the ‘ruminations’ Category


the true secret of jam – and the city market

July 4th, 2009

a month or so ago, once i had gotten into the swing of things for jam season 2009, i realized the fundamental truth of jam, the basic self-evident conceptual unit of it all. i think i had discovered it last season but forgotten over the cold winter months, and anyone who produces enough jam, perhaps [...]

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documentation of my strawberry mania

July 2nd, 2009

Lisa’s writing is very visual and matter-of-fact, which lends emphasis to the beauty and simplicity of the subject matter: here’s a free sample: “The date was May 5 2009, and despite days and days and days of cloud cover interspersed with rain, strawberry season had come to Central Virginia.  A few days before, a [...]

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peaches peaches peaches

June 26th, 2009

peaches are here!!!! tomorrow at the market i’ll be in the same spot as last week and the week before, in the blessed shade under the trees at the back end of the parking lot. i’m nestled snugly between cricket’s fabulous baked goods and a veritable mountain of lavender. it’s a pungent counterpoint to the [...]

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the last rhubarb and strawberries; the first cherries, blueberries, and raspberries

June 12th, 2009

come to the market and see me tomorrow! i’ve moved but i wont be far away, so consider it a challenge to find me. the great deluge of fruit has begun! available flavors this week: strawberry: [VERY VERY LIMITED] strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb ginger, strawberry lime + caraway, strawberry + thai basil rhubarb: rhubarb, [...]

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berries galore (dreaming of stone fruits)

June 1st, 2009

i really hope that it stays cool this week, as i’m told it will. i was informed of the forecast on saturday afternoon, while waiting for my sister’s oboe recital to begin at a church on the corner. once Alice informed me that it was going to stay cool for another week, i couldn’t stop [...]

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strawberries in afton

May 19th, 2009

i just returned from picking berries in afton, just over the nelson county line, and i am overjoyed. the berries are plentiful, ripe, and sweet. i went out yesterday on a scouting mission to see if the picking today would be any good, and it was so good that i picked 35 pounds in an [...]

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strawberries in the sunshine

May 16th, 2009

strawberries in the sun (eaten warm straight off the plant) are much sweeter than berries from a refrigerated truck. there seems to be an inverse relationship between time spent in refrigeration and the flavor of fruit. thats why i pick my own fruit, in part, to avoid the bizarre woodyness that arises from too much [...]

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