The pecks forged a close bond with the reclusive author after a trip to her home in Monroeville, Ala., and her visit to the set.
It was an outdoor picnic then, with pecks and bushels dispatched at sawhorse tables.
late 13c., "dry measure of one-quarter bushel," of unknown origin; perhaps connected with Old French pek, picot (13c.), also of unknown origin (Barnhart says these were borrowed from English). Chiefly of oats for horses; original sense may be "allowance" rather than a fixed measure, thus perhaps from peck (v.).
"act of pecking," 1610s, from peck (v.). It is attested earlier in thieves' slang (1560s) with a sense of "food, grub."
Food (1950s+ Black)