Taking a cue from a friend, I heard about our local peach orchard’s summer program for kids and decided to try it this week! Although it is geared for ages 3+, E had no trouble keeping up with the big kids. And by big kids, I mean 2 of my elementary students were in our group. Registration was $7 and included everything we did and took home. If we go more, the 4th visit is free!
We had some time to play in the orchard’s wagons before the program started.
We met on the deck and headed off into the orchard to hear them read Eric Carle’s “The Tiny Seed,” then trekked around the barn to listen to another story called “From Pit to Peach Tree” and learn facts about peaches.
Venturing into the orchard, the kids were instructed to fill their bags with the reddest peaches they could pick. (Adults could also pick their own for $1.89/lb.). E was a champ at picking peaches and wanted me to hoist him high into the trees for the peaches. He collected 14 large peaches before deeming his bag “heavy!” and passing it off to me.
We met back on the deck for a fun craft.
Afterward, they brought out trays of peach ice cream cups for the kids. E sloooowwly savored every bit of his peach “cream” (I helped him with the drips) and we headed back inside the barn store to cool off from the 82-degree temps.
I bought the most delicious, refreshing chilled peach milkshake. They said it didn’t cost enough to warrant a credit card, so I threw in half a dozen peach cider donuts – um, no problem! E ate 2 of them! After cooling off, it was time to head home, change clothes, and for E to take a long nap…
…while I start scheming how to turn all 14 peaches into those delicious milkshakes!