Sunday, August 17, 2014

End of Summer, Time to Harvest Peaches and Tomatoes

The weather is nice and comfortably warm, there is a soft breeze in the air, and such was the day on a recent trip to our local farm, Larriland Farm.

View of Larriland Farm

Yes, summer is ending; it is time for picking tomatoes and peaches.

Photo of a tomato still in the vine

Photo of a peach hanging from the tree branch

Throughout the summer, my husband and I (kids are grown and gone) visit the farm to get whatever is available for picking. We enjoy picking blackberries, blueberries, plums, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, you name it, we have been there for them all! Though blueberry picking is one of my favorite crops, check out my post Blueberries, Blueberries Oh My!

A girl picking peaches from a tree

People holding onions just harvested
My husband made a wonderful onion soup from freshly picked onions. Yum.
But on this trip, I found myself pondering the reasons why I enjoy so much coming to the farm. The reasons became obvious as I munched on a peach that I had just picked right off the tree, but none of the reasons included a desire to become a farmer.

View of crops at Larriland Farm

Here are my reasons why I enjoy going to the Farm

  • The open space, the open air, a feeling of peace, a feeling of goodness and health.
A woman amid a flower garden at Larriland Farm

  • The families with their children letting everyone know that they got a good blueberry or asking how to pick one or better yet "why are blueberries blue?"
Family picking blueberries
The not so small children amongst us picking blueberries

  • The conversations you overhear, you would not believe what you hear! On a certain occasion it was a conversation worthy of a bartender. On another occasion it was a parent-teenager discussing college preparations, something I could relate to since I had gone through that stage with my teenagers.
  • The workers are so friendly and young.
  • The dogs, the tractors, the view.
  • The petting zoo, the store full of deliciously looking fruits, vegetables, canned goodies, and homemade delicacies ready for purchasing.
A stand full of fresh vegetables at the store- Larriland Farm

  • The flower garden with beautiful blossoms ready for picking and attracting so many different kind of bugs and butterflies, it is a great spot for picture-taking.
Woman sitting in front of yellow daisies

Photo of a large yellow daisy

  • Last but not least, the sampling while picking. There is nothing like eating a peach, apple or blueberry right from the tree branch or bush. Yum, yum.

Again, on this trip we harvested peaches and tomatoes and they were absolutely delicious. Of course, I have to tell you that we have our own home vegetable garden but our tomato plants never seem to be as prolific as the farm's plants and never ripen as quickly either, we are still waiting.

Basket full of peaches, tomatoes and cucumber

Yes, we picked quite a few peaches and tomatoes so you might wonder what you can do with them all before they go bad. Well, I was hoping you asked, so here are a few of the things we did with our fruit loot.

Foods to make with Peaches and Tomatoes

  • I made peach juice using my regular blender; it was soooo good and healthy.
Blender with peach juice
You don't need an expensive blender to make delicious and nutritious juices. 

  • Then my husband made a peach cobbler that was to die for, seriously, he is a wonderful cook.
  • I made a tomato with cucumber salad, a dash of salt, pepper, olive oil and you are good.
  • My husband made tomato soup, his first time and I have to say that it was way better than any can soup I have ever tasted, Campbell soup should talk to him.
  • He also made a tomato based bruschetta with tuna fish, the tomatoes were huge so why not. Very tasty.

Basket full of peaches

I hope I am making you hungry. I encourage you to visit your local farm or at least buy fruits and vegetables and other produce from your local Farmers Market. You will feel healthier and happier knowing that you are helping a farming family continue the tradition so next year once again you can enjoy fresh and healthy produce.

And the Farm gods were watching me because just recently I ran into this movie called Food Inc., and wow (!), it is a MUST watch, I had no idea of what is going on. At about the same time a local magazine featured three other farms nearby that offer meats, chicken and other healthy products and after watching the Food Inc. movie I am definitely going to visit them.

To find a Farmers Market in your area check the USDA website for a listing of local farmers markets.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the tomatoes and peaches. Next are apples! I hope to see you at the Farm.

Wishing you all Happy Travels in your neighborhood.


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