We pull into the driveway everyday and take stock of the oranges.There isn’t much of an Autumn around here, so we use their slow and steady progress as our winter barometer. The real cold won’t come for a few more weeks.
When it comes, our three trees will sag with more fruit than we ever eat in a season. I’m going to try to avoid some of that waste and make marmalade from a few of the crates we pick, even though marmalade lost the popularity contest some thirty years ago. Maybe I can bring it back, like sexy.
On a philosophical note, isn’t seasonal produce amazing? At the first hint of winter, the oranges, squashes, and root vegetables come along with their mega doses of vitamin A and C. They’re immune system boosters offered to us just when we need it most. And when winter is over and we are ready once again to play outside, here comes spinach, asparagus, and other greens full of bone-friendly vitamin K. It’s God’s way of saying, “Take it easy, slugger. You’ve got to make it through Summer, too.”