Fig Success

Remember a few weeks back when my mom and I found my nonno’s tree full of unripened figs? Well over the holiday weekend, we were successful!

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It’s become one of our Labor Day traditions to visit Brooklyn on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. My parents, husband, and I drove in with plans of fig picking, shopping at the market, and Spumoni Gardens.

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When we got to my grandparent’s house, Pete and my dad headed into the garden to start getting the figs down…

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…but the ripe figs were up really high! However, they did a really good job because in the end we had quite the bounty.

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Luckily the tenant was there to get a family shot! I really love this picture- it’s one of my new favorites.

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Once we had our basket full of figs, we drove to 86th Street.

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86th Street is a very busy road lined with outdoor produce markets.

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They have great, fresh produce for excellent prices. For example, we bought 3 pints of raspberries for $2. We can’t even get one for that price at our markets!

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Last stop was Spumoni Gardens- it was Pete’s first time! I was really looking forward to him trying the spumoni ice, but first we had some pizza slices for lunch.

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Afterwards, we all enjoyed a refreshing rainbow spumoni ice- just to die for!

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We were actually prepared with a cooler to buy two quarts and a pint to bring home- we love it that much!

The Saturday of Labor Day weekend is easily one of my favorite days of the year. I’d say there’s 2 days above it…Christmas Eve and the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Want to know what happens then? Well, you’ll have to drop by tomorrow. But I’ll give you a hint. It involved a lot of vino ;).

Does your family have any Labor Day weekend traditions?

Have you been enjoying fresh figs this season?

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