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For the Love of Food

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the MOCA+ Collective Conscience Salon on Monday. It was an absolute pleasure to virtually welcome all of you to our farm. I love food -- unfortunately, the bathroom scale reflects that, too! From growing crops in the field to seeing them on kitchen tables, I love being a part of our state's incredible food industry. As consumers, we all benefit from a diverse agriculture – be it organic, bio-dynamic, conventional farming, small family farms or big corporations, there's room for all of it in California. It's a privilege to be able to produce wholesome, safe peaches, plums, nectarines and veggies for our consumers.

One of the things I wanted to address but just didn't have the time is a comment I hear all too often: "Why doesn't the tree fruit I buy now taste good?" I always remind our fruit stand customers that the really good juicy, old-fashioned-tasting peaches won't be harvested until mid-to-late-July. And a peach harvested in August or September will taste even better than that July fruit. Just because you’re seeing the first of the season doesn't mean it's the best of the season!

Visit your farmer's markets and grocery stores in July and August for the better tasting peaches and nectarines – or better yet, come down to the Hudson Farms road-side fruit stand this summer! We plan to open June 15 and we'd love to have you visit us in-person.

And, if a trip to our farm isn’t convenient, I’ll be coming to you every Wednesday on MOCA+ social channels with Liz’s Picks, my tips, tricks and ideas for what to do with what’s in season – beginning tomorrow, June 3rd.

Thanks again for your interest in how we grow your food!

Liz Hudson is owner of Hudson Farms, a fifth generation family farm inSanger, CA.

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