|Juicy peaches hang heavy, waiting to be picked.|
We spent our last night in Washington at Walter's Fruit Ranch just outside of Spokane. We were welcomed as part of Harvest Hosts, and shown to a grassy parking area where we set up our trailer for the night. I got to work making a simple soup for dinner, and blueberry cobbler for dessert. I mean, what's a woman to do when there are still blueberries in the fridge and acres of peaches to be picked? Use up some blueberries, of course! Erik and the kids set off to explore the orchard and farm grounds and I enjoyed a cool breeze blowing through the trailer as I worked. It was another wonderful Harvest Hosts stay, a destination in its own rite, and we were glad to have time to explore it more in the morning. It's on a loop where there are many small farms, and if you're ever in the Spokane area, it's a great area to explore!
|After dinner we walk together through the orchard, enjoying the cool of the evening in waning, golden light. |
|There we are, on a grassy slope with lots of room to roam. The crickets sang us to sleep beneath a starry sky.|
|After breakfast, we set out again, this time to pick. We get to ride the tractor wagon out to the orchard, and after being instructed on proper picking techniques, Poppy carefully selects her fruit.|
|I've refused to buy apples all summer, since I don't want to pay triple price for out of season fruit shipped up from South America. Peregrine has been waiting a long time for apple season to arrive! |
|I think I'm going to be a crazy chicken lady someday. They're so beautiful, and I miss the little backyard flock we had a few years ago.|