July 30, 2009

Peach Picking Field Trip

Today Alex and I went on our first field trip of the 2009-10 school year. We haven't officially started schooling yet but a field trip is a nice way to start the year off. We went to Forgie's Fruit Farm in Lewisburg, TN.

While waiting for other homeschoolers that were joining us on the field trip, Mrs. Forgie showed us this giant peach that they picked. They think it might be a world record peach. It weighs 2.15 lbs!! Just one peach! The world record peach last year was 1.8 lbs.

Once all of our group arrived, Bill Forgie took us on a tour of their farm. We all climbed on a wagon that was pulled by a tractor and went bumping along. First stop was the sorting room where they bring the peaches they pick themselves to sell in their store. They pick 150 of these double baskets each day to sell. The smell in this room is absolutely amazing...just delicious, sweet peaches!

Then he takes us further on and we see the rows of peach trees and sweet cherry trees. He drove us around the lake (beautiful drive) and then back to the orchard. We all got baskets and headed on down the rows to start picking peaches.

Alex sees a beautiful peach right away and put it in his basket. He proceeded to fill his basket rather quickly. I was picking some and putting them in my own basket...and then my little helper started filling my basket too. LOL! He wanted to keep picking but his basket was getting too heavy to carry.

We carry our baskets to the shop and pay for our peaches. We then load up in the van and head out. Just as we leave the farm property it starts pouring down rain. *Phew* What timing!

We had a great time and we will definitely be going back next year. Alex would like to go and pick cherries too. They usually ripen in May. The drive to the farm was just beautiful. If you are in the area...you have to make it a trip.


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