Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Food



Leann Harris here. My favorite thing about summer is not vacation or the long days or the brutal heat. What I love is the fruit. If it's a summer fruit, I'm there. Peaches are my favorite. Now, I'm not talking about those rocks you get in the store. No I'm talking about the peaches you buy on the back roads from farm stands. Several years ago, my son and I went to San Antonio for a convention. On the drive back home, we took a state highway out of Fredericksburg. Wonderful peach stands dotted the road. We stopped and bought some.

The smell of a ripe peach is amazing. The first contemporary book I wrote was set among the peach orchards in North Texas. The heroine couldn't smell fresh peaches without thinking of her high school sweetheart. They used to escape out into the orchard and kiss. I am told one of our most basic senses is the sense of smell. When I think of childhood memories, the thing that stands out is the smell attached to those memories.

So here's to peaches, cherries, watermelons, nectarines.
What is your favorite summer fruit?

7 comments:

Project Journal said...

Mmmmmmm!! Summer fruit is the most delicious, I agree! I work at a grocery store, so I see it all the time : )
Hannah

Jenifer M said...

Oh I am so with you! Love fresh fruit. Strawberries and pineapple are my faves!

Leann said...

I remember the time RWA was in Seattle. I went to the farmers' market and got cherries, red and Rainer. I took them back on the plane with me. I was a happy camper for a couple of weeks.

Kim Watters said...

Cherries followed closely by peaches. Here in Arizona we have citrus groves. I love the smell of the blossoms when you drive by.

Anonymous said...

Strawberries straight from the garden. Definetely my fav.

Lyn Cote said...

Watermelon is my fave! But my dh has just driven to town to pick up a box of GA peaches. Tree-Ripe.com is one company that drives semis of just picked fruit north. In the winter they drive north with citrus fruit. I look forward to these shipments of really FRESH fruit. I hear him driving up! Bye!
PS. drop by my blog to read Watermelon Cowboy http://strongwomenbravestories.blogspot.com to read it!

Merrillee said...

Strawberries.