We have a bumper crop of EVERYTHING this year! All these years I thought we had 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees. All these years 2 apple trees disappointed me by never bearing fruit. This year I discover we have 4 pear trees and They. Brought. Their. Fruit. Plus, the zucchini, beans, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers show no signs of slowing down soon. WTF was I thinking, planting THREE zucchini in the garden? Every time I move the leaves I find another giant squash. They seem to appear overnight.
So, I've been busy blessing everyone with my bounty (not my booty--that's another kind of blessing).
Two nights ago I dragged a wagon full of zucchini, cucumbers and pears through church. I brought a bushel of pears out to the construction site and begged the workers to take them ALL. please. I posted on Facebook and unloaded another couple bushels. I brought 3 baskets of produce to karate last night and tonight? I'll bring a basket of pears to book club. I'll bring another couple baskets to the boys' school. I'll leave a load at Mr. D's office.
On a related note, I've discovered a wonderful way to use up all those bread bags I've been saving. People will take MORE pears if I leave bags by the basket.
In my research about pears I've learned:
*pears are the only fruit picked UNripe from a tree. they're best left to ripen after picked.
* picking pears is a job best done wearing boots, not flip flops. below a pear tree things are kind of fermenting and wasp-y.
*a pear tree can bear up to 400 pounds of fruit. that's definitely true of one of our trees this year.
What to do with the bounty I've got left? Well, I've canned pears before, and let me tell you, it's a LOT of work for very little payoff. Seriously, 2 hours of peeling, boiling, packing and more boiling for a few measly jars? Not worth my time. I bake pear bread, a recipe that uses 4-5 pears at a crack to make 2 loaves. I'll make a tart with some. Team Testosterone is willing to eat a lot of pears, but nowhere near enough to leave a dent in the pile. So I'll resort to freezing a bunch, since that's a more efficient process than canning them.
Last night this guy looks at all my produce and says, "So, you're a farmer." Not really, I tell him, I just have a hobby that got out of hand. "When you start hauling bushel baskets of stuff you grow, you're a farmer," he says.
Spill it, reader. What do you have plenty of these days?