I first came across David Mas Masumoto's memoir Epitaph for a Peach a few years ago, lucky enough be required to read it in a lit class. In sympathetic prose Matsumoto describes learning the hard, slow way--by trial and sometimes devastating error--how to maintain a viable business for his family's organic fussy stunningly delicious peaches.
Now, whenever I eat a peach, the farmer's reverent descriptions of the fruit run in the sticky fragrant juice down my wrists. The floral, heady sweetness of a summer's harvest have become no less compelling for Masumoto, who is the third generation in a Japanese family's American tale of running their peach farm in central California.
And the good news is! : Throughout May, PBS is screening the story of his daughter Nakiko's homecoming to the family farm. A year-in-the-life is marked by the changing seasons and beginnings of a changing of hands as Nakiko prepares to step into her father's boots.
Check your local PBS Station for show times (they vary by location) or find them listed on the Masumotos' website HERE.