Friday, July 23, 2010

Follow Friday - Reach for a Peach!

Yes, it's Friday!  And that means it's Follow Friday 40 and Over at Java's blog Never Growing Old (one of my favourite blogs by the way!).

Right now we are in the midst of fruit season here in Southern Ontario.  So if you're visiting today from Java's blog hop, or from anywhere else, I invite you to "Reach for a Peach!"

Sweet and juicy, freshly-picked, these peaches are the first of many to come over the next few weeks.  Ours are not ripe yet because they are a later variety, but my brother who is a full-time farmer has a barn full of peaches, apricots, cherries, and plums right now.  We've had an early season for everything so it's a little bit chaotic down at the farm, but I visited there yesterday and enjoyed being a spectator while fruit was being picked, brought in from the orchards, and packed up for market.

Funny story - when we were in our early teens, the Ontario Fruit Marketing Board came out with this "Reach for a Peach" marketing campaign - they produced masses of T-shirts that all farm kids were supposed to wear when selling fruit.  Only thing was, apart from blazening "Reach for a Peach" across our breasts, there were also two strategically placed peaches on the front of the T-shirts!  My sister and I were mortified (I was 12 and she was 14) and refused to wear them after the first week when we received so many rude comments from disgusting old men at market.  So whenever I hear the words "Reach for a Peach!" I  always chuckle a little bit now, and shake my head too, wondering who in their right mind thought that a bunch of innocent farm girls were going to feel comfortable wearing T-shirts like that!

But if you don't like peaches, then I invite you to "Reach for an Apricot!" because they're ripe and delicious right now too!  We have 7 trees of them on our own property and half of them have been picked.  In another couple of days the rest of the varieties will be ripe and ready to go.  We are so blessed to live in such a great area for farming.  My husband says that at this time of the year, it's a little bit like living in the Garden of Eden - without any annoying snakes slithering around!  :)


  1. Next week I will join this looks-like-fun blog hop. I'm in a bit of a rush now. On my way to a meeting. Thanks for the lovely note on my blog. Thanks for caring. Loneliness is a choice sometimes.

    Love those peaches.

    PS Even when you talk about shallow things you have depth and culture. This shows. I'm glad to know you.

  2. I am following you from Follow Friday 40 and Over. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!


  3. I love apricots. I took a few.
    Thank you, and happy Friday!

  4. I wish I could be at your brother's farm right now.

  5. Visiting you from Java's site...oh, I can almost smell those peaches...yummy!!! Reminds me of when I was a little girl and every year before school started back we would go to "market"...and buy fresh peaches for my Mom to freeze...and Daddy would always buy us a watermelon and put it in the well house to get cold...sweet memories...thanks!!!

  6. Found you at Follow Friday 40+Over. Beautiful pictures!!! Good luck with your blog.


  7. Living in GA I always enjoy peach season. I laughed when I read your Reach for A Peach t-shirt story. That must have been mortifying. What do people think I wonder? Maybe they don't. That is the problem. You are very blessed to have fruit in such abundance at the tips of your fingers. I was always happy just to stop at a roadside stand...

  8. So funny about the t-shirts, but I'm sure it wasn't so funny when you had to wear them! How cool it must be to have fresh fruit on your property!

  9. ooohhh peaches.
    Mouth watering bad now.
    I see a trip to the Okanagan in the very near future.

  10. I cracked up at the Reach for a Peach t-shirt, because that was what I was thinking even before I got to that part about the breasts!

    MY t-shirt would say Reach for Some Grapes...

    Love the pictures, made me want some fresh fruit.

  11. we are just seeing peaches in the stores i love apricot your area where you live must be beautiful with all of the trees.

  12. Hi Ro,

    Thanks for checking on me . . so love all the support of my wonderful and sweet blog friends. This trial is harder than hard. I'm praying for wisdom and understanding. Happy Days, Sandy:O)

  13. Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Friday Follows! Cool blog! I hope to see you at Dropped Stitches.

    xo Erin

  14. Those peaches look so yummy! Isn't it interesting what embarassed us in our youth, would be fun now? I enjoyed your post!

  15. Hi,
    I hopped over from another blog after I read a comment you left (Purple Cow).

    I really enjoyed your posts, I read down to the last one on this page. All aabout the awards, the tea time, and your cat Tiger.

    I will continue to pray for her total healing.


  16. that makes me laugh-the old reach for a peach shirt. My mom's initials were J.A.B. and she was a teen during the big monogram craze. Nothing like a big JAB written on your right boob...
    Have a sweet weekend.



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