Peach Picking

5 Jul

Every summer when I was a child, my family would spend time with my cousins in Baltimore. Usually on the way to Baltimore or from Baltimore, my family would stop and go peach picking. My father would reach high into the trees to get the best, untouched fruit. We’d bring home barrels and barrels of fuzzy, squishy peaches. The fruit was so fresh and so juicy! I can remember the juices dripping down my chin and down the length of my arm toward my elbow. I remember the sticky feeling of peach juice clinging to my fingers. The peaches we picked tasted better than any fruit we bought in the sterile grocery store. But we had to eat it fast! The peaches went bad quickly, and our eyes had been bigger than our stomachs as we picked a million peaches.

Peaches are one of the fruits I most connect to summertime. These precious memories of peach picking with my family float through my head when I pick fresh produce in the grocery store as an adult and sometimes I even have the chance to go peach picking with friends.

I try to eat a lot of peaches in the summer. It’s fun to eat seasonally. I know a lot of people do it for health reasons and for the environment and because of the costs, but there’s also something special about knowing that there’s only a limited time you can enjoy something. It makes you savor it all the more.

Last summer I went peach picking at Alstede Farms in the adorable town of Chester, New Jersey, and I recently went back to the farm just to get pie and visit with the adorable farm animals. Here are some pictures from Alstede Farm. I highly recommend picking your own fruit this summer! It’s a great inspiration for eating healthier foods.

 

 

8 Responses to “Peach Picking”

  1. spiro macris July 5, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Good one!

  2. Susan July 5, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Very nice post, Stephanie. I like your thoughts about enjoying something for a season, and i love the photo of you sniffing the peaches.

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos July 7, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      Aw, thanks, Susan! Do you have a favorite summer food?

      • Susan July 7, 2016 at 9:18 am #

        I love berries. Also, I have been enjoying fresh corn on the cob recently.🙂

      • Stephanie Nikolopoulos August 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

        I love fresh corn on the cob in the summer!

  3. Lunda July 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

    Mmmm🍊 Pie….peach cobbler….peach parfait

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos July 7, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      Mmmm! So many great peach recipes! There’s a different one for each day of the week!

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