Virginia U-Pick | fresh peaches

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Yesterday Matt and I headed out of Harrisonburg to Chile’s Peach Orchard, which is about an hour away and close to Charlottesville. It was a perfect sunny day to pick some fresh peaches, and they were juicy, ripe + delicious. They were having their fresh peach ice cream fundraiser so we each got a scoop to fuel up before the hard work of picking. It didn’t take long to fill our bags with a bushel which we escorted home to prepare for canning which we’re going to do today. Yes, that’s right- good old fashioned canning with the huge pot of water and mason jars. My mom has always canned but I have to admit I’ve never helped much, so it will be a first time adventure.

If you’ve ever picked your own fruit you know that there’s a certain amount of quality control that goes along with picking. Those super ripe peaches that would make a mess in our bag and get squished if we took them? well you don’t want to waste it, so why not eat it? I think I had 3 peaches and matt had 6. It’s his favorite fruit I don’t think he had any self restraint – and I’m sure he would tell you it was worth it.

If you want some fresh produce prints of your own remember to head over to my gallery here to help me raise some money! happy sunday.

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