Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Peach Blossom Festival

Last Sunday Jim and I went out to Schnepf Farms for their Peach Blossom Festival. We could tour the farm by walking, taking the train

or a hayride.

We opted for the train ride because we could get off near one of the orchards and walk around.

First we passed the "U-pick" garden. The public can come in and pick from the garden, and the cost is $1.00/lb. All of the vegetables are organically grown. Here are people picking their own crop.

The train stopped for us and we got off near these Katy Apricot trees. They were not in bloom yet, but would be soon and the fruit ripe by the end of May.

Across the road from them were the peach trees in full bloom. They were beautiful, all in a row, with their odd shaped branches going every which way. That is a mountaintop all the way in the back of the photo. Enlarge to see more clearly.

A close up. Can you find the bee?

We followed a road off the main road for a little bit to a fenced in area where they kept a herd of fallow deer. I was surprised at how many were actually in the herd. Fallow deer are small in size - bucks ranging up to or a little over 3 feet tall, and up to or a little over 4 feet long. Their colors ranged from a lighter beige to a dark brown, but all had the white spots on them.

This was one of the larger groups that was sitting under the shelter for shade.

We hopped back on the train as it came back around and went back to the main part of the farm.

There was a delicious smell wafting on the air and looking over, I saw these guys cooking up a storm on the grill. Looks like hamburgers and chicken breasts.

After ordering your food, one could sit down and enjoy eating it in the picnic area, either under the large shelter or in the sunshine.

Between the grill and the picnic area sat this inviting bench. It just begged to have it's picture taken.

Next to the bench stood this gate, opened as if saying, "C'mon in!"

The palm tree that is casting its shadow in the picture above.

When I walked through that gate, I found a small reflection pond with a few koi fish swimming around. It was so peaceful.

This is the general store at the farm. They sell things like preserves and honey.

But their specialty is pie. You can buy it by the piece.

Or a whole pie.

People could scarf down their pies either outside, or here

or here.

The store had a lot of neat things inside like this wine rack filled with blue bottles.

Or this old dresser with three mirrors on top.

I wanted to stop at the petting zoo, and we saw these peacocks in a cage on the way over there. Why is it that the male bird is so beautiful and the female bird is so plain? Life is just not fair!

Hi, hi, hi, hi! Happy to see you! Got anything to eat?

Ewe's not fat - ewe's just "fluffy"!


It was a beautiful day, and we had a nice day touring the farm.


Anonymous said...

Your life is just amazing...Ive been talking about your blog so much, that my friend Jan and I are seriously thinking of hitting the road once the house sells...we both work from computers and we can do that have inspired us;)

beautiful photos

for a different kind of girl said...

Sun, clear skies and blooming, flowering plants?! I'm sitting tonight freezing and very envious!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You are having too much fun. Those trees in bloom make me long for spring. Now I will put my trusty boots on and lug in one last load of wood before I head off to bed and dream of juicy ripe peaches....

SquirrelQueen said...

First the Olympics and now peach blossoms! You are having too much fun down there in that beautiful sunshine.

The close up of the peach blossoms & bee is so pretty. And the group shot of the deer almost looks like a painting, a family portrait.

Betty said...
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A New England Life said...

Pat, where are you again? Arizona? New Mexico? I'm sorry, I can't remember.

What I wouldn't give for just a days worth of that sunshine and warmth. *sigh* Think of me trapped in this cold, snowy New England state, will you?


Sunny said...

You are just having too much fun! Ha-ha!
As I sit here chilly, looking at the snow outside my window, I am totally envious.
The peach blossoms are lovely.
Sunny :)

Meeko Fabulous said...

Awww! I miss having peach blossoms around! Growing up we had peach trees in the back yard. And I love the picture of the koi pond! I love lily pads! :)

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

such wonderful pictures! your blog tells such a wonderful story in the photographs. do you use the blogger layout? my pictures always seem to be "off" just a bit.

KaLynn said...

I so love visiting all the places you go! Makes me feel like I am there with you!

Thanks for taking me along!

misslynda said...

You have some of the best adventures and post BEAUTIFUL pictures. Thanks for letting us go there with you - - - but I never got any of that food that was cooking!

Snowflake said...

Great photos!!! Looks like you found the perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon!!

Anonymous said...

Pat, as the Eglish language, is not my native tongue, could you please delete my previous comment?
I've just looked for that word in my dictionary and found that has 2 meanings. (good/bad one).
I never use/write bad words in my comments,or on my posts either, But I 've seen that to happen on other blogs! I think you just know that by far.LOL!!! I look forward to your replying!
Have a great week-end!

Anonymous said...

Betty>> for Betty Manousos
(I sent that comment from my other e-mail.)

A Council House Kid.... Grown Up said...


I like the pics you have here, they are so clear and colourful and have great feeling, excellent.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photos!

I want to trade lives with you. I will warn you though- there's a good chance you may be stabbed.

Carletta said...

Everyday a wonderful adventure!
Love the blossom shots - beautiful and the rooster!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Didn't realize Schnepf Farms was so diverse. Another place we have yet to visit in QC.

Looks like you had a perfect day to visit. The peach blossoms are beautiful, even more so when I clicked to enlarge the photo.

Another great post, Pat!

HMCraig said...

Oh, that looked like fun! The deer are adorable!