Summertime in the Sonoma Wine Country and the livin’ is easy. Except….

Except when you have 200 pounds of peaches all ripening at the same time!  We here in Cloverdale, are blessed with an exceptional climate – warm to hot during the summer days and cool, often foggy, at night.  The wine grapes love it, and so does my garden.  The vegetable and fruit trees are in full swing right now with all my edible plants racing to the finish line in a mad frenzy of growing, flowering, pollinating, and ripening.  When I walk through the garden at night, I SWEAR I can hear growing noises.

White Peach Tree

“When the fruit is ripe, it will drop.” – But not if the tree falls over first!

Case in point, my beautiful little white peach tree:  normally a proud and pretty specimen, standing 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide with lovely balanced branches.  There it sits, huddled over like Quasimodo, so loaded with fruit it can barely stir a branch in the gently summer breeze.

OK, I admit that every day (sometimes more often) I walk by the tree, feel for the ripest fruit, and then eat one while standing by the tree – just to make sure they’re not getting too ripe.  Any day, we’ll be picking fruit.  Then comes the peach pepper jam, peach chutney, peach parfaits, peach pies and peach smoothies as we (and our guests) bravely try to consume or preserve every last peach before they spoil.  I can’t wait.

Here’s an event happening this Friday that looks delicious:

Martin Ray Winery, Annual Salsa BBQ
Jul 14, 2012
Time: 5-8PM
Cost: $60 in advance/$70 at the door
Location: 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Contact: Sue Straight
Phone: 707-829-6156
Web site:
Details: Join us for an unforgettable evening in our new outdoor event pavilion as you dance to the Salsa & Afro-Cuban rhythms of Batacha!Brazilian/South American BBQ influenced menu features:Watermelon Gazpacho, Topped W/Creme Fraiche & MintShrimp & Scallop Ceviche W/Coriander & GingerEnsalada Chilena “Tomato & Onion Salad”Grilled Argentinean Flatiron Steak “Criollo” StyleGrilled Chicken Mojo AgrioSkillet Potatoes with Onion & PeppersRoasted Corn SaladPeaches In Pinot Gris with a Crisp Almond Cookie, served with Vanilla Bean Ice CreamOf course we will be featuring a generous selection of our wines to compliment these dishes, including :Rosé of Pinot NoirReserve ChardonnayReserve Cabernet Sauvignon Red Dessert Wineand more…


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