The three of us are very like minded, and I suspect lots of other people here are too. I should have said so before, but in addition to giving these gift boxes to family, friends, coworkers, etc. I have another destination for larger quantities of fruit that I have in excess: The local Senior Citizen’s Center. I volunteer and serve on the Board there, and it has been very rewarding spending time there and especially sharing my fruit with them. They are more appreciative than most people I give fruit to, and they often send thank-you cards or call me or stop by city hall to say thanks and to tell me what they did with the fruit. I usually take it in boxes and the staff puts it on a small card table in the TV room. Some of the seniors just eat a piece or two there. Others Take some home. Best of all, the wonderful little senior ladies who do all the cooking for the Senior Center very often use my fruit and make some wonderful dishes (usually GREAT deserts). In short, donating fruit to the senior citizen center alone makes it worth growing fruit!!! The appreciation and love I get from those people really does makes all the work and money involved in fruit growing well worth it, even if that was the only thing I did with all my fruit.
BTW, Bill (@Auburn), how in the world am I ahead of you on fruit? You are quite a bit further south than me and in the past I’ve noticed you are usually quite a bit ahead of me. I suspect that the difference right now and how I a ahead of you is simply that the varieties of peaches I have coming in are just earlier producers than the peaches you have, don’t you think? No other reason I can think of why I wouldn’t be behind you!
(BTW…how is the wood I sent you doing? My pears you sent me are doing gang-buster!)