Figs are a mysterious harvest. They sneak onto the farm, earlier than we expect each year, in August, just as summer is still broiling us all. But then, they linger, those figs. Sometimes for weeks, sometimes months. Anyone who has a fig tree knows that the harvest can be monumental. Here on the farm, we only have three fig trees. But from those few trees I can produce jars and jars of Fig + Chocolate Jam, if the stars align.
Owner of Red Hen Cannery, farmer's daughter, writer and artist, Maureen Foley lives in Carpinteria, California, on an avocado ranch tended by her family. For more information on her art and writing, visit www.maureenfoley.com.