Dotted around the farm and little quiet back roads that lead to various properties, are a few fruit trees growing wild and free. We went for a wander this morning to see what we could see, a fruit forage of sorts. Care to join us?
Mostly there are random plum trees lining our roads, my dad says they’re ‘cherry plums’ – not your traditional big plums, more like grape size and quite tart. Does anyone know anything about them? I’m thinking they may be good for baking, if nothing else the birds certainly appreciate them.
You will see a few fruit trees here and there on the main road’s in our neck of the woods, but if you really know where to look you can find The Good Stuff down laneways to nowhere and deadend driveways. I had a list to tick off this morning of locations (top secret of course) and found apples in abundance…
Again, pretty tart but perfect for baking, preserving or making into sauces. Apples galore! I’m sure my niece’s horses would appreciate them too. We kept following our nose up hill and down dale, through a few gates and into a new part of the farm I haven’t really explored yet. Part of this new farm includes a livestock underpass under the main road (fancy!) Seemingly a magical tunnel…leading to a magical peach tree!
Peaches in the paddock! Jackpot. Unfortunately I was a bit late for some, the birds or Mother Nature had beaten me to it. But there were loads more coming on, of course just out of reach for me. I’ll be back, magical peach tree, with my lanky long limbed husband in toe and a peach of a munchkin who devours stonefruit like nobodies business.
What a find! Our very own peach tree we can go and raid now every year with Eleanor (most likely atop Daddy’s shoulders such is the height of the old tree). I had considered planting our own peach tree but don’t think I’ll worry now, although a nectarine is definitely on the cards.
According to my dad an old timer of the district who used to own these properties set about planting the random fruit trees many decades ago. Great forethought. Thanks Mr Shackleton, much appreciated!