It sounds crazy, but it's true. Many fruits will not ripen on the tree if the weather is too hot; even tomato plants can drop their fruit and blossoms if temperatures climb much above 95f, and they are calling for 104+ today and high 90s for the rest of the week from Yakima to Tonasket. Michael and I were going to be driving northeast for fruit this Wednesday and Thursday but after checking in with several of the farmers we work with in Eastern Washington, we have to delay our trip until the weekend when things cool off a bit. That means we'll be short on fruit and we'll be missing out on going to the Shelton Farmer's market, so all of you Shelton shoppers take note and fear not; we'll be back the following week with a fabulous bounty of summer fruit; get ready for more peaches, melons, nectarines, plums and even a chance at more late harvest Van cherries, plus more Gravenstein apples (that old time favorite for sauce and pie).
We have our fruit stand open today as usual, and we'll also be here on Friday with what's left of the Regina peaches, blueberries, Gravensteins and Yellow Doll watermelons we picked up last week, plus a nice selection of organically grown veggies from our own garden and our friends Kelly and Laura at Piece by Piece Farm in East Olympia.