Plum Crazy

A few weeks ago Lucas discovered a produce stand near our house. I spent the day away from home, shopping and getting a pedicure, and returned to a kitchen full of fresh fruits and vegetables.

I should do that more often.

Everything he bought was fantastic, so the following weekend we went together, and I got to see for myself where all of the food we ate that week came from. I can’t express how good it feels to be so close to the source of our food. Meeting the people who grow what you eat feels special. Honest. And the food tastes better.

HG Produce is a family run operation, set up in front of my dream house at 24703 Saddle Spur Lane in Katy, TX. Seriously, I want to live there. Their produce is grown in a nearby garden, sourced from other local farms, or brought in from as far as East Texas and the Valley. The selection is varied and fresh.

Beautiful tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and carrots, tender okra, crisp green beans, and spicy habaneros. They have bags of fresh beans and peas in a cooler. Jars of salsa, pickled okra, candied jalapeños, and peach jam are lined up for purchase. And then there are the fruits … huge watermelons, sweet cantaloupe, bright red strawberries, juicy peaches, figgy figs.

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And plums. Shockingly delicious plums. One bite and I was hooked. Gone is the girl who pushes her cart past the plums at the grocery store. Now I’m the girl who drives past the grocery store, happy to go an extra ten minutes for her plum fix. Dark plums with a sweet, bright red flesh. Perfectly juicy fruit that practically explodes, dripping onto  your hands and feet when you bite into it. The kind that’s best eaten outside or over your kitchen sink to avoid making a mess.

We now go every weekend for those magical plums … and yeah, yeah, I guess the other stuff, too. Visiting the stand has become the best part of our grocery shopping routine. HG Produce is open on Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  I’ve read they’re only operating from April through September, so go while you still can! And definitely get the plums.