Peach season is in full swing here at our orchard. I love going for evening golf cart rides through the peach trees and taking a deep breath—you can actually smell the peaches growing on the trees!
A week ago I enjoyed a visit from my grandfather, aunt, cousin and cousin’s wife and her three precious daughters. We enjoyed a very warm afternoon of peach and blueberry picking.
If you’ve never picked a peach with a child, borrow someone’s child (with permission of course) and come on out this Saturday. You’ve got to experience it first hand. Our little group had so much fun watching the kiddos have a great time. The best part was watching them try to figure out how to get them down! (My son thought it would be more convenient to just pick the ones off the ground.) With quite a bit of coaching, though, we managed to pick a few peaches off the trees and not the rotten ones from the ground.
We got a big laugh out of the two youngest in the group– my son, who is 17 months, and his second cousin are only four months apart in age. They are both in the “squawking” stage. This is the stage when they squawk for whatever they want in a high pitched, deafening squeal– because words are simply too boring. Sometimes I’m convinced they don’t even want anything, they just squawk for the sheer pleasure of hearing their voices. I apologize if you happened to be in the orchard at the same time as our group and thought you had discovered a new variety of parrot– they were not parrots– just two adorable toddlers having a great time!
If you do decide to come out and pick peaches (or buy them in the store), here’s a special something you can make with your peach harvest: Peach Baked Oatmeal.
My oldest son was begging for it this morning so I thought I’d makes some. (I also took some pictures to share with you, to prove that this busy mom actually bakes and that she didn’t just copy the recipe down from a website!)
For information on peach picking times or purchasing them in our store please check out our website or give us a call!
- ½ cup of applesauce (or melted butter)
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- 2 beaten eggs
- 3 cups of oatmeal (I like to use the whole oats but it also works with the ‘quick’ ones)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp of salt
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 2 large peaches peeled and chopped
- Mix all of these ingredients in a bowl. Pour into an 8 x 11 inch pan and bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes. (Yeah, it’s that easy!) Serve a scoop of it warm in a bowl with milk poured on top of it.
- This recipe keeps well in the fridge in an air tight container so you could even make it the evening before and heat it in the microwave the next morning for breakfast on the go.
- You can also bake the oatmeal in a 9 x 13 pan, but keep an eye on it since it might not take as long to bake.