Since I moved to Chapel Hill, fig ice cream has become less and less a reality. Fig trees will survive the winters here but are often frozen back to the ground. The drought of three summers running has done more damage. My two-year-old fig tree set fruit this year, but by August the figs were dried on the vine.
Nancy Tolley shares her figs with me for the picking. Her two trees were planted by the Tottens about sixty years ago. Dr. Totten was a renowned horticulturi