One of the best things about living in Virginia is the produce in the summer. Fresh tomatoes from the garden. Just picked corn on the cob. And so many kinds of berries and fruit. My favorite part of the season is now‑peaches are here and ohmigoodness I love peaches and all of the delicious things you can make from them, pies, cobblers, jams and my favorite—milkshakes. But for growing boys the best way is to eat them off the tree. Peaches are plenty sweet without the extra sugar
We live near a pick-your-own peaches orchard. So one day the boys and I decided to pick some peaches. It was a beautiful morning when we set out. The sky was blue and it was not too hot, as Virginia’s summers can be. the drive away from the town of Cumberland Creek toward the mountains was spectacular. The view gave way to open fields and rolling hills.
The scent of peaches in a huge orchard grabs you immediately as you walk out into the orchard.
“The smell tickles my nose,” Sam said.
“I like it,” Ben said, as we strolled down a long row of low peach trees .
The boys and I filled up a few baskets of peaches and placed them into our wagon and then we pulled it to the check out line, where we were shocked to see how much our peaches cost. (And I had thought this would be cheaper than buying them at the local farmer’s market.) Evidently, you pay more for the peaches because you get to “experience” picking them. After I got over the hit to my wallet, I thought it quite ingenious. Imagine you own a peach orchard. Instead of hiring folks to pick peaches, or picking them yourself, you get peach-lovin’ people to pick them on their own—and make them pay for that “privilege.”
Well, my boys and I have a happy memory of the day. Of course I took photos and will be scrapbooking about the day. And I suppose those memories are worth whatever I paid for those peaches. That’s my story, anyway, and I’m sticking to it.