SM was in South Carolina last week and buzzed by Gaffney as he was coming home on I 85. Gaffney SC has outlet stores (if you're into that sorta thing) and all sorts of "I'm tired of being on the road and I need a break" shops.
It's also the home of the big peach.
They turned a water tower into a peach. Looks really impressive too. Lots of peach orchards in Gaffeny.
"Hey Baby" Me
Southerners don't say Hi or Hello they say Hey. I only say "Hi" when I'm meeting someone new. After that it's always "Hey". I'm kinda big on "baby" too. But that's just me.
"I'm down here in Gaffney and they've got strawberries for sale." (SM knew I hadn't gone picking this year. Who knew that my favorite U-Pick farm started picking early April and had finished up by Easter?)
"Really? How much?" Me
"$12 for a gallon. They look really good!" SM
"OK get me a couple." Me
"They've got peaches too." SM
"Too early." Me. (Last year I was putting peaches up mid July.)
"But they look really good, smell good too." SM
"They're pushing the season. If you can taste them and they're good, OK. But I'd wait." (I always taste produce before I buy, I've gotten stung too many times.)
SM brought home 3 gallons of strawberries (shockingly good) and the peaches. The berries I froze (and we're also eating fresh) but the peaches were hard as rocks so I stuck them in a brown paper bag for about 6 days.
Today I went ahead and slid them into boiling water to loosen the skins and then cut off what I could for fresh eating. They were still pretty hard midway to the pit, so I decided to make peach jam with the "firmer" part of the fruit.
(I need to assume that everything is coming in a bit earlier than normal this year. I may be putting up peaches sooner than I think.)
"What do you think we spent on strawberries this year?" (5 gallons at $12 each = $60) Me
"Maybe we should reconsider and put in a raised bed of strawberries. Can we still do it this year?" SM
"I don't think so. Too hot. It'd be best if we put them in early spring. I can buy them from the seed catalogs."
So now we're reconsidering having a strawberry patch.(You've come a long way, Baby...)