Brunch at the Masumoto Farm:Picking Nectarines

4 Aug

I-8 Students at the Peach Farm

Here at the Cornerstone Institute we have 3 days off in 4 weeks. I’m sure you can imagine how precious these days are to us! Monday was our 2nd day off, and it was amazing! We had been invited by the wonderful Masumoto family to their Orchard, to pick nectarines and have brunch. We arrived and gathered under the tree’s as Nikiko Masumoto shared with us the history of the farm and her desire to continue the family business. Her dedication to the farm, passion for the work and family values are inspiring. It’s clear to see that she is where she is meant to be.

Mary and the Nectarine

The Masumoto family had generously donated a tree to Cornerstone Theater Company, so away we went to pick our nectarines! Mas Masumoto gave us a brief lesson in ‘how to pick the perfect nectarine’ Within the next 45 minutes we had 4 boxes full of delicious nectarines to bring back to Cornerstone HQ (I’m writing this blog on Tuesday and in the past day I have had 4 nectarines and delicious nectarine smoothie!)

Nikki SM Picking Nectarines

After this hot and sweaty work a delicious brunch awaited us. Sweet biscuit, peach jam, potatoes, sausages, watermelon,  ice tea, orange juice, and coffee. I sat amongst the peach tree’s eating and thinking how delightful and quaint this experience was.
After buying masumoto peach t-shirts and receiving cute little jars of  jam we left the idyllic land of peaches and returned home for naps and swimming.
We would all like to say a massive thank you to he brilliant Masumotos for their overwhelming kindness, hospitality and generosity. Never again will I eat a peach or nectarine without thinking of that Monday morning.


Necturines we picked


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