Thursday, January 1, 2009
While folks in the north country and higher elevations are shoveling snow, we are harvesting fruit and making fresh lemonade! The other day, we noticed that a neighbors lemon tree was shedding ripe fruit into the wash where we walk daily. So, we knocked on their door and asked if we could gather some to make lemonade. At this time of year in Valley of the Sun, citrus comes on like zucchini in the summertime elsewhere. Our neighbor was happy to lead us into his garden and harvest as much as we could pile in our basket. Another neighbor off-loaded some excess grapefruits. Alas, our own orange tree is resting this year, and only bears a single fruit after putting out over fifty last January.
Thus we mark our first day of 2009 with making freshly squeezed lemonade. We also grated the rinds and dried the gratings to make a stash of lemon rind for baking. Cheers!