Thursday, September 29, 2011

Peachapalooza 2011

I have managed to miss nearly every pick-your-own fruit opportunity this season. The strawberries passed me by before I even knew what hit me. The blueberries and raspberries too. So when I learned that there is a low spray peach orchard not far from here, I was determined to go, and to make up for the lack of fruit in my freezer and pantry.

So a few weeks ago we went with a friend up to Quonquont Farms. We went early. The orchard was misty. The trees were dripping with fruit. Heaven.

Before we knew it, we had picked over a bushel of peaches. We could barely carry them back from the orchard to the car. We headed back to the house for a processing party.

In the end, we yielded something like 12 pints and 8 quarts of canned sliced peaches, 2.5 quarts of peach nectar, and two gallon freezer bags of frozen peaches. Our friend, who lives in a prospector's tent without electricity, is over the moon to be able to bring so much shelf-stable fruit home with her.

1 comment:

Lina said...

Oh my, I miss peaches! I'm from Virginia but am now living in Minnesota, and my life has been sadly lacking in peaches.

I just discovered your blog recently and have been really enjoying it. Thanks!