Ok, maybe not exactly 82 pounds of peaches, but it sure looked like it. Pick Your Own crops are the greatest thing ever. I am not even kidding, y’all. These peaches are a fraction of what they cost at the grocery store, and there is nothing like picking your own fruit and veggies in the orchards. NOTHING. LIKE. IT. This is the story of what we did with our peach haul!
My mom and I took Lilly and AJ to a local orchard for some peach picking. We absolutely love pick-your-own fruit! There’s something so fantastic about either getting on a hayride or parking between rows of trees, wandering through fields of orchards with a gigantic empty box. I truly think I belong on an orchard or farm, so picking-your-own fruit is right up my alley.
We’ve picked apples a billion times over the years and I’ve baked pies with the bushels. Not to mention, apples are one of my favorites to pick because they stay fresh much longer.
Berries are also a fun back-breaking time, but they’re only fresh for a few days once you get ’em home. AJ has a blueberry problem. He’s obsessed. Look at that face…caught berry handed, picking off the bush and eating them right away. They encourage sampling, but the amount of berries this kid could sample if allowed to freely wander in a blueberry patch would just qualify as stealing.
Peaches also are super ripe this time of year, so you really need a plan of action. What on earth does one do with a half-bushel of peaches?!
I went the Peach Jam, Peach Cobbler, Mini Peach Pies, and Peach Lemonade route. And still had a ton leftover for just plain old eating.
I have all the recipes I used, and am working on making each one it’s very own post, because they were all fantastic!!
Peach cobbler is so delicious. With vanilla ice cream, warm, or cold, I’ll eat the whole thing. Lilly and I attempted one in our cast-iron skillet (which is what I usually do), but the biscuity top was a huge horrible failure. So we went with a classic crumb topping with peaches as they’d be made for a pie filling.
We also did mini peach pies…
And a first attempt at jam making – Peach Jam…
Lilly also made some homemade peach lemonade, but I have no photos of that to prove how amazing it was because it was gone as soon as we made it. I guess we’ll just have to do that one again.
What’s your favorite peach recipe? I’d love to hear your ideas in my comments!