Enjoying a Sweet Harvest

Enjoying a Sweet Harvest

Bountiful HarvestWe raise fruit trees in our yard, but because we live in the desert, we are limited to citrus for the most part. Our trees require a lot of water and that can get expensive. That doesn’t mean that we cannot enjoy a fresh peach, plum, or apple right from the tree. To get that fresh fix we like to visit a local orchard during this time of year to pick fruit to our hearts’ desire and our budget’s limitations. It is a sweet and rewarding experience.


Yummy.The pesticide-free orchard we visit sells “you-pick” fruit by the pound, but allows you to eat whatever you like in the field for free. I must say that there is not much that tastes better than a ripe, warm peach fresh off the tree. But this family adventure is about more than fresh, healthy fruit and affordable produce. It is an opportunity to teach your children about where their fruit comes from, the concepts of sowing and harvesting, and a chance to get them excited about healthy food choices.

The orchard we visit also grows plums, apricots, and apples. In addition, they have a farm that grows a plethora of vegetables and also holds seasonal festivals. If you have never done anything like this, take the time to research what farms or orchards in your area are open to the public. This is one activity your children will love.

Does your family enjoy freshly picked fruit? How do you teach your children about growing and harvesting food?  Feel free to leave a comment.  Share and let’s talk about it.



About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. We love to go peach picking! And you are right, there is nothing better than a warm, fresh peach right off the tree!

    Around My Family Table

  2. Lori Ann says

    Neat! I'd love to grow our own fruit. Is your orchard like a CSA or do you just pay per visit?

    Just so you know, there's this strange sentence in your post (on my Firefox browser screen anyway!!):

    "In addition, they have a farm that grows a plethora of vegetables and also holds
    Technorati Tags: family activities,picking fruit,family harvest
    seasonal festivals."

  3. Christine says

    Neato! I've never been peach picking before, but I've bought from local farms. So yummy!

  4. Thanks Lori Ann! I fixed it…the post tags got put in the wrong place somehow!

    The farm we visit is called Schnepf Farms.

    They started as a family farm and changed to keep up with the times.

  5. simplywalkingthroughlife says

    That would be so fun! I wonder if there's an orchard around here…

  6. Auntie Pam says

    Looks really yummy. To wet here for citrus trees. Make me some peach preserves, please! Love and miss ya.

  7. mimilovesall8 says

    I followed you so please follow back 🙂
    Thanks, http://mimilovesall8.blogspot.com

  8. Hi, I'm visiting from Social Parade. I "followed" your blog and would love a follow back. Thanks, Mary


  9. Looks like fun! We have peach and nectarine trees in our backyard, but the crazy weather this year destroyed almost all the fruit. I guess we'll have to head out to a u-pick place for fresh fruit.

    Fun blog! I am kinda partial to redheads, since I have a couple of my own, so I'll be following along.


  10. Heavenly Savings says

    We are a big Peach community! So fun to go picking!! Happy Sunday! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog as well! If you like it you can follow back! Thanks! Hope to blog with you again soon!


  11. Yum!
    I have to take the kids somewhere like that this summer!

  12. Stopping by from One Smiley Monkey http://www.onesmileymonkey.com from the RMR Blog Hop

  13. MikiHope says

    There is nothing like eating a piece of fresh fruit just picked by your own hands!! I am a new follower from Lucas' Journey!!

    Michele aka MikiHope

  14. there's nothing more rewarding than eating something you've grown. we have orange trees and an avocado tree in our yard, plus pineapple, string beans, carrots, collard greens, potatoes, and lettuce in the garden. i'd love to go to an orchard!

    following thru the finding friends hop.
    my blog is mainly a style blog, but i'm a mom of two and love connecting with other moms 🙂


  15. Canadian Coupon Mom says

    Yummy! I love taking the kids out picking fruit! Following from Lucas`s journey


  16. MikiHope says

    I am actually here twice today!! This time from Real Mom's Alexa hop–My Grandparents had a summer house where they grew all kinds of veggies and had fruit trees as well–I remember distinctly toddling over to the green beans and picking them and eating them–that and the raspberries lol–no one worried–we grew them–no pesticides!! It is strange how some memories never leave you–I am now 60–and still remember!!

    Michele aka MikiHope

  17. I love fruit trees!!
    Stopping by from the Lower your Alexa Hop ~ Thanks!!

    ~Mommy's Moments~

  18. Looks yummy and fun! We've never gone picking yet, but we really should visit an orchard this fall.

    Thanks for visiting from the Lower Your Alexa hop!


  19. Looks like some great family fun!
    I always enjoyed going to orchards back home


  20. Looks like a great time… coming to you from the Alexa Hop… http://adventuresofmyfamilyof8.blogspot.com/2011/06/kids-say.html

  21. Anonymous says

    I work in the upper state of SC, I pass so many peach farms. I would love to stop and grab one lol.

    http://www.couponsavingsinthesouth.com, stopping by from the alexa hop.GFC, will not let me leave comments so I have to be anonymous lol.

  22. Brag All About It says

    hi,newest follower! stopping by from the monday mingle! I'm also going to be a part of blog bash! would love a visit and follow back


  23. Including the kids in gardening is wonderful and so much fun

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