Peaches and Apricots of Summer

Every summer my parents stock up on peaches, which they can and preserve for the winter months. Across the lake is a bountiful peach and apricot orchard, and by mid-to-late August, the fruit are virtually falling off the weighted branches of trees.

Each orchard in the valley has its own weighing scale, each unique. I find these quite attractive. My parents note that the price, at a dollar per pound, has gone up significantly in recent years.

There’s always the option of purchasing produce that has already been picked. This, however, never seems to be a viable option for our family.

Branches heavy with fruit.

Taking a break under the shade of apricot trees.

Golden orange, and fragrant!

This picture in particular speaks to me of the abundance of the summer months.

We fill the buckets apricots, careful not to bruise them.

The harvest for the day.

Now… time to can the peaches, make some jam, and other summer desserts!

Music: Ray Lamontagne – Lead Me On

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