As I mentioned previously, there is a frustratingly short window for my favorite peaches. As in, about one week(!). But Veterans are THE best peaches in the whole world. The are not only super-sweet and oh-so-juicy, but the are also free-stone and easy-peel! Veterans are easy to tell when they are ripe (no green) and they can ripen off the tree (good for us inexperienced pickers). NOTHING beats a warm piece of peach pie made with these beauties.
VanDyke's at the market sells great Veterans, but we like to pick ours from a guy up the road. Mr. B. is doing our community a great service to open his immaculate orchard up for u-pick. He's so kind to the kids (he was a teacher in Portland for 30+ years) and charges an amazingly low price for these gold nuggets. We are some lucky ducks to have Mr. B up the road!
|(despite his sourpuss face, he really likes peaches!)|
|50-ish pounds got us about 4 pies, 7 quarts, and lots of fresh|
eatin' by all of us!