Stopping at the fruit stands in Keremeos, or even driving by them, is an awesome way to experience the colours of autumn. Today Linda and I enjoyed the array of pumpkins, squash, apples, pears, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, grapes, plums and much more. People are arriving from many parts of the province. Our friends Terry and Lis come from the Fraser Valley every year to pick up fruit which they buy directly from an orchard.
I was particularly intrigued at the Parsons Fruit Stand because there is an assortment of ancient tractors on the property. Those old machines speak of a time when technology was in its early stages and life was simpler. Also harder in many ways. Certainly the drivers of those tractors needed to be physically robust to operate them and repair them. For me, this combination of fruit, vegetables and vintage machines brings a sense of joy I don’t get from gazing at my friend’s new red Corvette convertible.