Gday all,

This box represents the close of apricot season for another year. Since some of the later nectarine and peach varieties were heavily affected by leaf curl your boxes may start to get a little plum heavy. We’ve had an excellent crop of Mariposa blood plums compared to last year so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I think they’re best when left until they are a deep purple colour and very soft to touch. Plus they make a beautiful savoury sauce just like tomato sauce. I’ve already got over 15kg de-stoned and waiting in the freezer for my next batch of ‘Blood Sauce’.

You’ve also got a small amount of ‘Wiggins’ heritage white peaches this week. They are very difficult to transport as they bruise very easily but they have amazing flavour once the skin has a cream colour. So, I hope they are still in good condition by the time they get to you (it’s a bumpy ride down the highway in my trailer)!

The kangaroos have just started to get into the apples and pears so fingers crossed that Maka’s presence (my loyal kelpie) will be enough to deter them. Sam and I put in some work early in the season to get the infrastructure set up so he can effectively patrol the who block of trees. He was doing an outstanding job protecting the cherries for a few months and has had the last few weeks off so all going well he’ll be back on duty from tomorrow evening.

Cheers, Ant.

Ps. Please don’t forget to return your boxes so I can re-use them.

Sam’s mate Lyle (aka Jimbob) has been WWOOFing with us the last two weeks.

What’s in the box?

  • Peaches – Wiggins
  • Apricots – Moorpark/Trevatt
  • Plums – Angelina
  • Blood Plums – Mariposa
  • Nectarines – Queen Giant

Total value 3kg: $29
Total value 4.5kg: $44

See here for descriptions and tasting notes on some of the varieties.