Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A taste of things to come

Tuesday was unseasonably cool and nice, so I pedaled out to Nagog Hill Farm in Littleton.

This orchard, in part of the old Sarah Doublet lands overlooking Nagog Pond, has been in business for years even as neighboring farms fell to development. (A recent interview with one of the chief chroniclers of this plot of land includes some tantalizing historical details.)

Alas, Nagog Hill Farm grows no early apples (though the peaches and plums were tempting).

But look closely at the deep red spots in the photograph to see what's headed our way.

On the way home, I stopped at Lexington's Farmers's Market.

This runs from 2 to 6:30 every Tuesday and features its own cohort of vendors, including the wonderful products of a local gelato maker.

I also snagged a few Puritan apples--review to follow, but they're good--which, with some Vista Bellas, were the only variety on sale.

I thought I'd pick up a some lovely VBs the next day in Arlington (even one day fresher counts with apples), and that proved too clever by half.

Arlington's growers only had Jersey Macs (in one case, called "Early Macs," but the same apple). Gather ye rosebuds while ye may!

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