This newsletter was first published on July 22, 2017. The seasons turn, and it's as true today as it was three years ago.
Riding down alleys and along side streets, cutting across parking lots and over sidewalks, I learn the city's bounty. All year I scout the possibilities along my bicycle lines, and come summer, I'm knocking on doors and scrambling up trees, chasing the harvest.
Most people have little interest in food preservation, and even a dwarf tree can produce more fruit than a family can eat out of hand without the season extending help of canning, drying, freezing, or pressing into cider. Perhaps they take a bowl of cherries to the office, or make a few apple pies, but most of the harvest is left to fall. As the year turns, the sidewalks and alleys are smeared with plums and bruised apples; figs split open in the sun, swarming with wasps; squirrels secret away the green nuts.
These streets hold such uncelebrated abundance. There's fruit ripe for the picking in backyards, in the last remnants of century-old orchards along the forgotten edges of housing developments, in the landscaping of parking strips, and in the thorny banks of Himalayan blackberries overrunning every open and disturbed piece of ground.
There is enough here to fill a pantry, and I do: apples pressed into cider and cooked into sauce, plums and figs dried, pears poached and tucked into jars, quince slow-roasted to jewel-toned membrillo. The task of saving a city’s worth of fruit is overwhelming and, of course, impossible, but still, each year I try, loading the back of my bicycle with boxes of sticky gleanings and staying up late into the night, saving the season.
Owner | Baker
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