May – June 2016
There was an orchardist in my neighbourhood we dubbed “The Peach Lady”. Every single day of peach season she and her workers would painstakingly comb the trees for only the ripest peaches. Then she’d sit at the roadside and sell them until the 20lb boxes of fuzzy gold were all gone and start the whole process over again the next day. It’s a strategy often used by market-garden farmers, and they build a loyal following as a result. It never occurred to me that someone might manage their woodlot the same way.