This has been a strange month. COVID-19 has been unleashing her fury upon the USA and upon the entire world. The kids are home from school; my off-farm job is considered “essential,” but it is largely being done out of a converted garage in the backyard. I want to wish all of you much health, happiness, and peace.

It is grapefruit season here on the farm! We have plenty of ripe grapefruit, and plenty of blossoms starting to come on for the next season. The bees are buzzing, and the aroma is both strong and pleasant. I will occasionally catch a whiff even when I am nowhere near the tree, and it’s always a happy surprise.

We entered March having just come home from the Small Farm Conference in Paso Robles, California. We were fired up and had plenty of ideas ready for implementation on our small farm. The biggest take-away for me from the conference was summed up by three words:

“Fail, fail, fail”.

The intent behind my new-found motto is to keep trying new things. Experiment. In order to learn from mistakes, mistakes need to be made in the first place.

In that vein, I want to share something I have discovered. When the idea first entered my head, I was skeptical, but went ahead with it fully expecting a failure.

I don’t think it was a failure at all. It was actually quite delicious.


Peppermint Grapefruit Tea!

Peppermint Tea with Grapefruit
Fresh cut grapefruit with Twinings peppermint tea.

I juice a grapefruit and add the juice to a hot mug of peppermint tea. The grapefruit adds a nice tanginess, while the peppermint brings the delicious cooling flavor we all know and love. I serve it warm, but I’m sure it would be just as great chilled. You need to try it! I can supply plenty of grapefruit, you will have to supply your own peppermint tea.

Grapefruit is also quite healthy. It provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, all while being one of the lowest calorie fruits. I suggest checking out the link below for a more in-depth summary of the health benefits of grapefruit:

Health benefits of grapefruit

Happy eating, drinking, and may you weather the current times well. May we all come out better on the other side.



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