New Orchard Addition

I like to think of my small collection of fruit trees as my “mini orchard”.  I bought a struggling peach tree for dirt cheap (pun intended) from where I work.  It had been in a pot for a few years and needed to get in the ground and stretch it’s legs.  She is an Eva’s Pride, which harvests a full month before my Red Baron peach.  AND it requires even less chilling hours…only 100-200, great for areas like mine in coastal southern CA.

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Here's the Red Baron beginning to change from greenish/yellow to pink.

Here’s the Red Baron beginning to change from greenish/yellow to pink.

A fun lemon cucumber ready for picking.

A fun lemon cucumber ready for picking.

Indigo Rose is beginning to fruit and I swear I can already see that purple color.

Indigo Rose is beginning to fruit and I swear I can already see that purple color.

The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato that I seem to grow every year is shaping up some nice fruit.

The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato that I seem to grow every year is shaping up some nice fruit.

This evening's harvest!  Check out the Silkie trying to get a hand-out.

This evening’s harvest! Check out the Silkies trying to get a hand-out. HA!

Beautiful Heirloom Tomato

This is my first year growing heirloom tomatoes and the first-picked of the season is quite the show-stopper.

Cherokee Purple tomato – with their signature green shoulders up top near the stem.

And the other side….amazing!

These tomatoes have just as much character in their flavor as they do on the outside.  They taste rich and sweet, with a smokey flavor all their own.  I pair them sliced with good whole milk mozzarella cheese, fresh basil from the garden and a splash of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper (aka Caprese Salad).