Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hurd's Orchards and a Beautiful Summer Day

We are having absolutely the most glorious summer day. The weather is mild, sunny with a light breeze. The birds are singing their hearts out! And, the flowers just keep on coming. We have a lot of day lilies, and most of them have begun blooming. Still to come are the ones we got last year at a wonderful day lily farm near here -- QB Day Lily Gardens. If you are in the neighborhood, you should definitely check them out.

So yesterday we took a drive out to Holley, NY to visit my absolute favorite vegetable stand, Hurd's Orchards. Hurd's is a darling place -- full of jams, jellies, and preserves made from their own luscious fruit. And cookies. And dried lavender. And sweet cottage-y linens. And bowls. It is really adorable, as you can see. They have berry fields about 2 miles from the store and J and I headed over to pick raspberries. We intended to only pick 2 quarts for ourselves, plus one for our friend Liz. But the picking was so easy that we actually picked 4 quarts.

The raspberries canes were just laden with fruit. When we moved into the field, the buzz of the bees was so loud! I was a little nervous at first because I am very allergic to bee sting. But I had an Epi Pen in my pocket, and the bees were actually too busy to notice us. It took us about 30 minutes to pick our 4 quarts and it was only good sense that made us stop at that. It so beautiful there that I think we could have picked until supper time!

On the way home we stopped at another fruit stand and bought 3 ears of local corn. Yes, people. Corn on July 2nd! How is that even possible? I was a little skeptical about how good the corn would be, but it was actually fantastic. Here is how I cook corn: I bring my big dutch oven full of water to a rolling boil, and drop in the fresh corn. Then I turn off the heat, put the lid on tight and make the rest of dinner. J asked me what the minimum time is for the corn to be in the hot water. Honestly, I don't know. I guess it took me about  40 minutes to make dinner  last night. And the corn was perfect then. I think there must be a very wide range of acceptable times to make corn this way because I have never had it not come out perfect and it takes me anywhere from 20 minutes to 90 minutes to make dinner. I only wish I had bought more corn!


  1. Clare, I stopped by to thank you for your visit to my blog. I hope you'll become a regular visitor. Your day at the farm store sounds wonderful. It certainly was beautiful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. We had our first fresh local corn (or as they say at our Whole Foods "from nearby," usually meaning Colorado) two nights ago. It was heavenly, and I was very glad I got us two apiece. We miss the Cape Cod corn, but this was certainly a contender.