Last weekend we were trying to figure out what to do. There was a shout out on our local TV channel Friday morning talking about an apricot orchard. Well, I love apricots – so does my hubby, so that seemed like a really good thing on Sunday morning. We headed out to Two Sisters U Pick Apricots located just south of Fresno.
It is a WONDERFUL orchard. After doing some research I discovered it got started when the “two sisters” happened to have medical issues at the same time and had to stay inside for weeks on end. By selling their fruit locally vs. commercially, it’s allowed them to interact with the community, help pay their medical bills and enjoy time spent together. Wow, what a great story to share!
We packed up and left for the orchard. It was great! We were given a bucket and harness for ease in picking and off we went into the orchard.
It was a really warm morning. We wanted to get in…get the fruit picked….and get out….but I kept getting distracted…
Hmmm….unbeknownst to me there were several pictures of me um “picking” the fruit. It seemed that just like when I was a little girl, I would eat nearly as much as I picked. However in my defense, the sisters encouraged us to sample the delicious organic fruit along the way. That’s my excuse anyway!
Luckily my Hubby on task and we were finished in less than an hour. We harvested an entire bucket of apricots (even with my sampling!) and met some nice folks along the way.
I really don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful fruit! It was a wonderful day, a terrific experience and I’ll do it again next year. We ended up with an entire grocery bag packed to the brim with lovely fruit for only $20, yum!!!
Ok…now it was time to decide what to do with them. Of course I will make some jam, that’s a given. We’ve eaten a TON of the apricots and they are sweet and delicious. Such a wonderful springtime treat! I asked around what I should make and got a suggestion to make pie. Well that struck a chord with my Hubby and since he did most of the hard work, it seemed like the thing to do!
I called my Mom and got her recipe for pie crust. Our pie crust recipe has been in the family for years. Passed down from my Great Grandmother, Grandma, my Mom and now to me! I put together the crust and then popped it in the refrigerator for about an hour, to keep it good and cold before I rolled it out. It came out delicious! Light and flakey and golden brown.
I put quite a bit of thought into the pie filling, after all the apricots really needed to be the star. Hmmm….opened up the cabinet and grabbed some Captain Morgan Rum, a lime, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar and went to work. What I ended with is the most perfect apricot pie. I’d like to take a ton-o-credit, but those apricots are so delicious! Such a treat!