For those of you that read about our special announcement in the last blog post, thank you. Thank you for being here, reading along, and following our journey. I still can’t believe this may be happening. We’re still waiting to see if the deal is a go from the owner’s end; we’ll know more in the weeks to come. While we’re waiting, there’s a lot to do. In the meantime, it’s “business as usual” at the RGB. Today’s discussion: figs.
One afternoon, early in our days of living in this house, Barry and I walked down the driveway to find an older gentleman picking figs off our tree. After seeing the confused look on our faces, he apologized and said that the previous owners of the house had let him take as many figs as he wanted to, as long as he took care of the tree. He hadn’t realized that they moved and we now lived here. And then he insisted that in the fifty years he’d been picking off of neighborhood trees (with permission), our figs were the best. Since Barry didn’t care much for the figs, he said, “help yourself!”
So he did. Every year, he picked the figs. And every year, he trimmed the tree all the way back, so that the following year, it’d come back better than before. I don’t think he ever noticed the few that I stole to use for my own purposes.
Then one year, last year, I came home from work to find the fig tree… gone. The next door neighbors had the tree trimmers over to take their decaying tree down, and while they were at it, Barry said “why don’t you take down my fig tree for good, too? The roots are deep and tearing up our driveway.”
And so they did.
We haven’t walked up the street yet to explain to the neighbor that we didn’t mean to rip out 50 years worth of happiness for him. And we’ve also been meaning to buy him a tree of his own. We’re working on that.
It’s fig season now and I really miss that tree. If I was a better organizer, I’d pull up an old photo, but that’s not in the cards.
Many thanks to the generous folks at the California Fig Advisory Board who supplied me with beautiful fresh Brown Turkey figs and dried Mission and Golden figs. The fresh figs made their way into a batch of fig jam that was the precursor to the one posted here.
If you’re local to San Diego, Fig Fest is happening tomorrow, September 8, from 4-7 p.m. at the San Diego Public Market. The event is sponsored by Les Dames ‘d Escoffier of San Diego. There will be plenty of food samples, local wines and craft brews. Over 40 chefs will show off their fig creations during the Chef’s Fig Challenge. Displays and booths from several local artisans, businesses, and a Les Dames Pavilion will be offering book signings and tasty fig treats. Meet chefs and wine artisans from the “Taste of Baja” and experience the cross border food and wine explosion of the Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada and Tijuana. Bring your friends and family for a great Sunday afternoon of extraordinary wines, culinary delights, and fig-friendly samples. You’ll also be entertained by the amazing music of the Teagan Taylor Trio. Portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Olivewood Gardens, St. Vincent De Paul, Culinary Arts Program, the San Diego Public Market Kitchen Project and culinary scholarships/grants.
If you’re a fan of figs, please also take a look at the blog hop entries at the bottom of this post.
Source: Adapted from Well Preserved