• Posted by Califia Suntree on September 6th, 2012, 7:43 AM

    Blackberries + peaches wins my vote for summer’s best fruit combo. (Very close second: strawberries + anything.) But if you want to make a blackberry and peach cobbler the size of an ironing board, with local, burstingly ripe organic fruits–well, that’s gonna be one pricey dessert. (Unless you have a peach tree and a blackberry bramble, but I’m talking L.A. here folks.) Yet my mom did make said Flintstones-sized cobbler, thanks to the thrifty cook’s secret weapons: $1 per pound farmers market seconds, and what we like to call “alley fruit.” There has been a random and, it being SoCal, rather lonely blackberry bramble in the alley behind my mom’s house for at least 30 years. Every summer, she gets a steady little harvest to supplement her olallieberry, and avoids paying the $6 per pint going rate for the gleaming black gems. (The caviar of fruit!) Times are catching up with “alley fruit”–what used to be “scrounging” became “freeganism” then “urban foraging.” Now perhaps “hyperlocavoraciousness”? Anyway, the cobbler was massive and beyond delicious, and us two ladies ate the whole thing in three days. Good thing it was so cheap!

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