One of my H-Town items of business has been to visit an orchard. Initially we were going to go when the blackberries were ripe, but Jonas came a few days early and the blackberries came a few days late. Unlike some of the other pick-your-own places around town, the Matt Family Orchard operates as close to year-round as possible.
We visited at the beginning of the month with our friends Charis and Gordon and it was a blast. Nature is so refreshing--something we did not fully embrace when it was close by and now desperately miss. It's always a delight to get out of the city.
Persimmons, satsumas, lemons, and kumquats were available. The persimmon trees have an interesting look to them. I was expecting a more leafy look.
When you arrive, you are provided with clippers, fruit pickers (really technical, I know), bucket or basket, and a wagon.
Upon arrival, Patrick had a few questions and quickly received a glaring eye from the owner for being so inquisitive. And in the owner's defense, Patrick was asking a lot of probing questions: "How can you tell if the fruit is ripe? What is a satsuma? How much does everything cost?" We couldn't tell if he was joking or not, but by the end P won him over. He somehow was recruited to teaching the new arrivals how to use their tools. I think this man is the only person who has ever told Patrick he talks a lot.
Please Auntie Jennifer, may I join the Persimmon Fan Club? I'm ready.