Oh, what a wonderful way to spend a hot July morning–picking peaches at Livesay Orchards in Porter, Oklahoma! It is an experience to pluck those velvety orbs from the low hanging branches and lay them into the peach boxes. This little boy, Christopher Crow, was there for the first time. He was thrilled.
Aren’t the peaches a pretty picture? They smelled sweet and sugary. We carried them to the car and added them to the boxes of White Queen’s and a bushel of my favorite variety, Lorings, along with three fine stripped watermelons.
The melons thumped just nice and hollow when slapped with the palm of my hand. They had a yellow streak on the underside to show they were vine ripened and the rind felt bumpy promising to be sugary sweet inside.
My friend Joy Crow stayed in the shade wearing her straw hat. I often think I’ll buy a hat for working out in the sun and then I think, “No, I’ll just stay inside.” It was still not one hundred degrees. The morning was nice only about 85, since we went early.
Melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, nectarines and plums were sold alongside jars of canned peaches, jams and jellies, pickles and salsa, preserves, and honey.
We stopped at the grocery store afterward for my favorite Blue Bell home-style vanilla ice cream and after lunch and a swim in the backyard pool, we ate dishes of ice cream with sliced peaches on top. As my mother-in-law would have said, “It was a large day.”