For Father's Day: Stone Fruit

goldbudfarms.jpg There are Georgia peaches (good), Texas peaches (good) Colorado peaches (very good), and even New York and New Jersey peaches (stellar every so often). But the best peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries are from California and Washington. I know this may be disappointing to all of you Texas and Georgia natives, but it is the truth. I can prove it to you if you order peaches for your dad from Gold Bud Farms in Placerville, California. They won't be ready until July, but your dad will find it's worth the wait. These are the peaches of your dreams; drippingly juicy with the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.

If it's juicy, sweet, bursting-with-flavor cherries you're after, the folks at Chef Shop ship Batchs Best Orchards' Bing and Lapin cherries starting in July. These cherries, just like the Gold Bud peaches, are expensive but worth every penny and the wait.