We went on fruit buying missions in the Hawkes Bay “the fruit bowl of New Zealand with Mum and a her friend every summer. We would bring home the most incredible golden queen peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, tomatoes, strawberries and the crunchiest apples.
To keep the kids happy we went to Rush Munros 100% natural ice cream shop where we would stand in a queue waiting to be served. I remember the wait was unbearable and my eyes fixed on the menu board covering every combination of flavored ice cream imaginable. They had over 20 flavors and I vividly remember trying the different flavors every time we went there like real banana, liquorice, Feijoa before finally giving in to chocolate. Their chocolate ice cream even after all these years ago was unforgettable. Rush Munro’s is still a great favorite for Kiwi’s.
Mum’s job when she got home was 2 -3 days of bottling peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines. Then making her sauces, jams and relish with the tomatoes.
Picking your own produce is labour intensive and costly, but the positives far out way the negatives. You get to see where the produce came from and sometimes even get to talk to the grower about what is going to be ready for picking in the future. And then there is nothing nicer than having the freshest of fresh fruit and vegetables for preserves and pickle.