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! :)