This sequel to “Farm Fresh” picks up shortly after the first book ends. Hudson prepares for the long trip from Oregon back to his late grandmother’s home in Kentucky to meet his estranged mother. Jude is studying like crazy trying to finish his degree. Together the two set out on a road trip that may solidify, or destroy, their budding relationship. “Picked Fresh” gives us a lot more insight into Jude and Hudson.
Jude is a senior student at Portland State University, studying environmental science. He was raised on a farm, but escaped his abusive ultra-religious parents as soon as he could. Although he identifies as gay, Jude has been so traumatized by his parents that he has had trouble forming any kind of relationship with another man. Jude enjoys visiting the farmers market held on campus every Saturday, and especially enjoys talking to Hudson, who operates a booth for Kaleidoscope Gardens.