Monday, July 28, 2014

Pickin’ Peaches—and Wallets


By: Annie Chamovitz

From: The Cumberland Creek Mystery Series
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Book 3 Title: Death of an Irish Diva

Summer is here! During June and July, we're celebrating the Cozy Days of Summer by giving away a book every day. Today, you can win a copy of Death of an Irish Diva by Mollie Cox Bryan. Just leave a comment before midnight — with your email address so Mollie can reach you — to be entered in today's drawing! Also and EXTRA bonus, Mollie is giving away THREE copies of her next book, A CRAFTY CHRISTMAS on Goodreads. Click here to enter.

Summer has been great so far—well, after the pie competition incident (which you can read about in  SCRAPPY SUMMER).

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.

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43 comments:

  1. Look to Dude Ranches for the beginnings of this. Tamara Myer's Pennsylvania Dutch B&B Mysteries did it as well, Pay more to do chores.

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  2. I've never gone to an orchard to pick peaches or apples but have picked strawberries. You have a feeling of accomplishment when you have picked them and then made them into jam or some sort of dessert. Looking forward to reading this series. dbahn@iw.net

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  3. a good series!!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  4. I have picked cherries. The kids enjoy it but get very tired of cherries.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. I've picked a lot here in SC. It has always been cheaper. Now I'm old enough to realize I'd rather pay someone else to do the picking. I'll just can their efforts.

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  6. I have picked loads of apples being from Johnny Appleseed country, but never peaches. Love juicy peaches, one the perks of summer.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Another great book to add to my reading list!

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  8. Looks like a great book. I've picked plenty of apples and blueberries, but never peaches!
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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  9. We have pick-ur-own orchards in Illinois. it's an experience that you have to go through.
    The book sounds interesting so I'll be watching for it
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  10. I've always wanted to go berry picking, not so much peach picking though. I'm not a big peach person. That book looks amazing!!! I hope I win!!!
    abbyloveskats@yahoo.com
    abbyloveskats at yahoo dot com

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  11. The BEST peaches, I ever canned, were picked at a "pick-your-own" farm, in Fincastle, VA.



    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  12. I've never done peaches but I love to go apple picking just for all the different kinds. kphans08@gmail.com

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  13. I love fresh fruit, but the farm stand is good enough for me. No DIYer here!
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  14. Sounds like a fun series.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. One of my favorite authors! Always looking forward to your next book. Readers out there-give these books a try. You will be hooked! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  16. Buyer beware!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. I've picked blueberries and strawberries, and bought apples that have already been picked at an orchard. Peaches I did stop at roadside stand and those were the best peaches I had ever eaten, not to mention the car smelled wonderful.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  18. Too cold to grow peaches here in the north woods---so I'm waiting for my shipment to show up from Colorado.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. The family and I enjoyed fresh peaches from the orchard down the road from us this month. We made homemade peach ice cream and peach pies. So good.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  20. It's still too early for local peaches but the stores have them in from South Carolina

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  21. I love peaches!!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  22. I have picked peaches from my grandfathers tree - luckily he did not charge for them!

    Karen94066 at aol dot com

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  23. Love, love peaches! But the ones in the stores are never as good as the ones you pick.
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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  24. I love love love peaches. I ate a lot of them this last month... but ladies watch out because there is a listeria outbreak they have tracked to peaches and nectarines.

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  25. You are the peach for giving away your books. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  26. When I was a kid my mom and I picked strawberries in the summer, and if the fall Dad would join us and we'd pick apples. Last year I picked peaches for the first time, but I did it alone.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  27. This book sounds wonderful. There's nothing better than fresh fruit in the summer :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  28. What a fun sounding book, and any cozy mystery including food of any kind is my type of book to read. Looking forward to the new spice series coming out next year as well. Would absolutely love to win this book as everything else that I have read by Leslie has been fabulous.
    Thank you for including me.
    Sincerely
    Cynthia
    ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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  29. A spice series sound like fun! I agree! Thanks for entering.

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  30. Sounds like a great series! Now I'm craving something peachy!

    spigootz9@hotmail.com

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  31. Looks like a great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  32. LOVE those VA peaches, and so quick and easy to pick more peaches than you have recipes for! Great summer reading while having some peach ice cream/tea/cobbler etc!

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  33. I've never picked peaches, only apples. My mom had me try a "white" peach yesterday. It was large and looked white on the inside. It was delicious!! Thanks for a chance to win Death of an Irish Diva.

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  34. Sounds like a great mystery!!!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  35. Never picked peaches! Have a nice farm nearby where we have gotten apples, blueberries, strawberries.....always so much taster! I think I will enjoy this series!
    humble.granny@gmail.com

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  36. Hubby's mother picked peaches when she was a young women - in California. She picked so many peaches and was exposed to so much peach fuzz, that in later years she didn't want fresh peaches at all.
    I like peach flavor, but would just as soon have canned peaches. I'd rather have fresh nectarines, because I don't like the peach fuzz either.
    But whether it's peaches, apples, berries, or whatever, the memory of picking together with family and children would be priceless.
    Now since this is a mystery, was there a body in that orchard?
    donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  37. I would love to pick peaches. I have picked apples, strawberries and blueberries. Picking fruit is a wonderful and memorable family activity. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Thanks for the reminder - picking strawberries at my grandmother's over ... uh ... many years ago. Apples in Michigan, peaches in AZ, but no pick your own near where we live now. The most fun, I think, was at my grandmother's. jeaniedannheim(at)ymail(dot)com

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