Friday, September 26, 2008

The Big Peach

We took a road trip this week to watch ds play a tennis match at Vincennes University this week. I'd never been to VU before and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the campus is. The tennis facilities were excellent. The weather was perfect and ds won his games. It was a great afternoon :-)

Just north of Vincennes, on Highway 41, there has been a giant peach along the side of the road for as long as I can remember. We always comment on it when we are heading to Flordia but we've never stopped. The peach belongs to a great roadside market, aptly named The Big Peach.

Since we weren't in a hurry this trip, we stopped in to check it out. There were lots of beautiful fresh produce: peaches, tomatoes, apples, onions. Tons of Amish-made preserves and noodles. Ciders. Crafts. All sorts of things. I can't wait to come back and check this out next year earlier in the season. I can just imagine all the beautiful berries they probably have. And melons. Lots of watermelons and cantalopes come from this area of Indiana.

They also had about a million varieties of Indiana-grown popcorn. I'd been telling the girls about how we used to grow our own popcorn when I was little so this was a great opportunity to pick some up. We selected a great blue variety. It will be fun to show the kids that popcorn doesn't have to come from a microwave!

The kids enjoyed looking at all the varieties of pumpkins and gourds The Big Peach had. There were blue pumpkins and bumpy pumpkins. Tiny and large pumpkins. Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors.

The neatest thing we saw didn't really have anything to do with food. Between The Giant Peach and Vincennes, Indiana lives a man who apparently loves roller coasters. Enough so that he built his own in his back yard! It's the coolest thing ever. It has a 360 degree loop, goes over the garage and of course has a cult following on the internet. LOL!

For better pictures check out these links. There's even a video of someone riding it!

Blue Flash:Homemade Roller Coaster

YouTube video

Homemade Roller Coaster Looks Incredibly Dangerous

1 comment:

Sonny Dotson said...

This is funny. Years ago I lived in Vincennes and would go to The Big Peach. My daughter now lives in Indy and we go by there to see her. It's a great place to go to get the best produce ever. And their peach grilling sauce is fantastic on almost anything so far. I ran out and was hoping for a web site to order some. No luck so far but came across your blog. Have a good day. sondot1