Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Schnepf Farms Peach Picking Festival

This past weekend, we headed over to Schnepf Farm for their annual Peach Festival.  They host it two weekends in may every year, and the girls love it.  It's a bit of a drive for us, almost an hour away.  But, it's become tradition to go with my mom, so I thought I'd share a bit about it here.
After we got through the long lines to park, and walked in the heat to the hay rides, we finally made it to the orchard.  Pushing three digits on a sunny May day to pick peaches is no joke.  We stayed hydrated with several bottles of water and set off to pick our peaches.  Thankfully the farm also had jugs of water out at the orchard.
Of course, this wild child wanted to fill her very own crate with peaches.
I honestly can't believe how many peaches were there, and so many ripe and perfect ones just ready to be picked! 
Nests and details in nature are always worth respecting, I always find myself documenting them from my adventures. 
Vera carried her favorite peaches in her hand scared to lose them in the bag. 
After just a few trees our bags were full and we couldn't carry much more. 
We probably spent a total of 15 minutes actually picking, which seems like a short reward for such a long drive, but it was getting hot quickly so we loaded up and headed back to the hayride.
They're pretty proud of their pickin's!
Anyway, if you're up to brave the heat, wait in long lines, and drive out of your way, I think it's worth it, just don't expect it to be a walk in the park, because it's not.  It's a farm and it's a lot of work to get out there, but I think it's really wonderful to show kids {and honestly, adults} where food comes form, it's not just the grocery store {or even farmer's market} end result, everything has to be nurtured, watered, managed, picked, packaged and delivered.  After walking back with bags of peaches smooshing themselves under their own weight, we found a new respect for unharmed grocery store selections.  Also I think I earned a drink. Going to go home and make this.

Along with the orchard, there is a petting zoo, local vendors, bakery, food trucks, kettle corn, train rides, and more if you're into that kind of thing.

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