Good evening. I hope your week has been filled with fun summer happenings and lots of time in the sun…with sunscreen of course. We are mid-move from one side of town to the other (post to come!) and all the while trying to juggle fun summer activities along the way. Having a toddler and moving is a challenging sport…I pack a box, he unpacks a box, I pack a box, he stands on said box of champagne flutes, I unpack the box to ensure there were none broken, and so on and so forth. Oh, the joys of moving.
But when we aren’t packing and prepping we have really been focused on getting out and exploring with our favorite little guy and last weekend was seriously one of the best adventures ever. Have you ever been to Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights (up near Cedar Point)? It just might be one of the most romantic farms and family-owned orchards I have ever experienced. From the moment we arrived I felt a lightness, a friendliness in the air and I could have just unpacked and stayed for the week. We were meeting some of our friends for a picnic under the large trees in front of the farm store when all of a sudden the skies opened up and it literally poured onto the peach trees like it had never poured before. The farmers were happy we had brought the rain with us, with all of this extreme summer heat the peaches could really use a good soaking.
Needless to say our tractor ride was postponed but that was totally fine with us because it meant an incredible tour of how the upcoming fall apple harvest are picked, packed and distributed throughout their various consumer channels (congrats Quarry Hill on your latest apple delivery partnerships with Cuyahoga County schools!) PLUS we got to take our time exploring the company store filled with homegrown sunflowers, artisan elixirs, lots of farm fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, peaches and more!) and let’s not forget apparel; we took home some adorable tractor t-shirts!
If you are craving some juicy, locally grown peaches, grab your family and head up to the Quarry Hill Orchards and farm. If you can’t get there in the next few weeks, don’t worry, apple-picking season will be here before we know it.
Thank you to Brooke and the rest of the Gammie family for hosting our morning on the farm. We very much enjoyed ourselves. Rain or no rain, your farm is a gorgeous Ohio destination. You should be very proud of all the hard work and creativity that you put forth with your growing farm business. Congrats and thank you!