Luscious fruit from Trident Lightning Farms

TUTTI FRUTTI, OH RUTTI Danielle Newman at her booth selling fruit.  Janine Volkmar | Union

TUTTI FRUTTI, OH RUTTI Danielle Newman at her booth selling fruit. Janine Volkmar | Union

We like broccoli and we know it is good for us. A beautiful freshly-picked head of At The Market Janinebroccoli is worthy of a still life.

But no one would call it luscious.

Fruit, on the other hand, is the essence of luscious.

For fruit, you want to go to the Trident Lightning Farms booth at either the Saturday Arcata Farmers’ Market on the Plaza or the Tuesday market at Wildberries.

At a recent market, Danielle Newman was rocking a booth with both white and yellow peaches, juicy pears, a plethora of plums and a dazzling array of homemade jams.

Later in August or maybe September, she’ll have an assortment of luscious melons, all dry farmed in Phillipsville, including orange and white honeydew, Charantais and all kinds of cantaloupes.

We both lost track listing all the types of plums she grows.

“My husband keeps planting trees,” she said.

Newman and her husband, Will Randall, farm in Blue Lake too, to take advantage of two different climates. Their peaches are on this year’s market poster, painted by Alan Sanborn.

They’ve been at the market for “around 14 years.”

The jams she had on display included Santa Rosa plum, Cherry Plum, Satsuma Plum, Shiro Plum, Beauty Plum, as well as blackberry and peach.

“I took a spoonful of the Cherry Plum jam and it was so crunchy and good,” she said. Newman keeps the plum skins in the jam for flavor.

Check her booth later in the season for Asian pears too.

Luscious indeed. Eat your heart out, broccoli.

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