June 1, 2011

Peach Picking

Scott and I have made it a tradition to go peach picking every May at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, AZ. Last year we went and had a blast roaming around the farm, picking peaches, and taking photographs. This year we did just the same, except we did get to look around the Peach Festival as well, as this time we went on a day that the festival was going on. We saw peach flavored treats, craft booths, and farm animals. Our real interest was in the peach trees though, which we accidentally took the long walk to (but I didn't mind it a bit).

Necklace: gift from Le Mode Accessories; Dress: Levi's; Shoes: Converse

Shirt: Sheplers; Jeans: Levi's Shoes; Simple

After our long walk around the farm we finally reached the peach trees. Worrying that the front trees would be all picked, we headed to the back for some prime peach picking.

This year the peaches were still pretty ripe (last year they were the same), so Scott and I tried to choose our peaches wisely. We must have squeezed 100 peaches before we found a good one. I'm still amazing though that peaches can grow in Arizona. I can only imagine all hard work that goes into growing peach trees in the hot AZ heat.

Unripe peaches, but still so pretty.

We may have "sampled" a peach, ya know, just to make sure they were good.

We took lots of photos while we were there. Digital, film, polaroids. For Scott and I, taking photos is half the fun. The orchard was the perfect place to take photos on such a beautiful afternoon. In Phoenix we do have orange/grapefruit orchards, but the peach orchards seemed like a special treat. I felt kind of mesmerized while I was in there. I didn't feel like I was anywhere near Phoenix.

Scott and I decided not to pick too many peaches. Last year we spent close to twenty dollars on peaches, and although they were good, we didn't think we needed that many this year. Roaming around the orchard for the perfect ones was so fun though. They were a ton of other people there, and watching them pick the right ones was a lot of fun too. Scott and I even saw a little boy sitting under a tree on his picking box, sneaking a peach for an afternoon snack. Too cute!

In the end we only picked a total of five peaches. We walked back up to the front of the orchard with our box in hand, and after weighing our peaches the girl at the counter told us to just take them for free (since they were under so many pounds). We walked away proud with our free peaches and an afternoon of fun.

If you've never gone peach picking, or any fruit picking for that matter, I highly suggest you do. Scott and I had so much fun in the peach orchards! In July when Scott comes to visit me in Colorado I'm going to try and take him cherry picking. They have the most amazing cherry orchard in Paonia, Colorado (did I mention it's in someone's backyard?) and I want to show Scott how fun it is to pick cherries (one of my favorite fruit!).

These sunflowers were just the icing on the cake. So beautiful!

Have you ever gone peach picking before?


  1. No! But now I want to REALLY bad! I love stuff like this. How magical.

  2. I love picking cherries! It can get messy though.

    One year I stepped in them and was stained red for the rest of the day, hah!

  3. those peaches look yummy, i'm so jealous!

    ~Andrea @ http://hecallsmewifey.blogspot.com/

  4. What a lovely tradition you two made! :) and peaches are sooo good! My family goes cherry picking. :D

    Also that's pretty darn hilarious that she let you guys have the peaches for free! xD

  5. My boyfriend and I went blueberry picking last year for our anniversary. It was so much fun!

    I've never been peach picking, but I did volunteer at a peach processing plant in Dinuba, CA. It was basically a small factory that prepared the peaches to be sun-dried, and when they were done they were packed and shipped to orphanages in Eastern Europe. That was fun despite the blazing hot weather.

    Anyway, love the pictures! Looks like fun. Haha.

    Little Acorns

  6. I've never gone peach picking, but I used to go blueberry picking with my mom, my brother, and his best friend every summer, and then we made blueberry pies for everyone we knew. And we have raspberries, blackberries, apples, cherries, plums, and pears to pick from our gardens, so there has been a lot of picking-but-actually-eating through the years. It looks like you guys had a blast!

  7. YUM that sounds like a nice tradition!

  8. This is so amazing. You guys have the most adorable adventures together! I absolutely (always) love reading about them!

  9. you have the perfect peach picking dress on! and this sounds amazing, i always pick strawberries but never peaches!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  10. I remember when I was younger, I used to go berry picking with my mom every summer. This post seriously brought back all of those happy memories. I love your dress + sneakers. So cute and low key. Your pictures are so happy too :D

    I am happy now too :D

    By the way, I just found your blog and am in love.

  11. Your dress is absolutely adorable!

  12. That dress is adorable, u guys look like you had alot of fun!




  13. I've never gone fruit picking, but it looks so fun! And you look so cute. :)

  14. Amazing bpictures I like all of these !!

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