As many of our regular visitors know, there really is nothing quite so refreshing as a orchard-ripened peach. Our market is so lucky to have a number of Washington farmers growing different varieties of peaches for all tastes. Our growers include Collins Family Orchards, ACMA Farm, Martin Family Orchards, Bill’s Fruits and Bautista Farm. There are the traditional yellow cling peaches, the white peaches, and of course the ever- popular donut peach. With so many varieties available, some wonder, what can you do with them all.
So here are some fun suggestions:
A simple way to enjoy the summer taste of peaches is to cut them up and serve them with blueberries over some Whidbey Island Ice Cream. A pint of vanilla, or something different to suit your craving, and you are ready for a delicious treat or simple dessert.
Peach crisp is another great way to enjoy the fresh taste as either a breakfast or dessert. Take five large peaches, pitted and sliced, juice from a lemon – 3 Tbsps., ¼ c. brown sugar, ½ tsp. vanilla, and maybe some golden raisins, mix and put in a pie pan. Cover with the topping made of 1 c. flour, ½ c. oats, ½ c. brown sugar, ½ c. sugar, 1 stick butter (chopped up), 1½ Tbsp. cold water, all mixed together. Cook at 350 for 20-25 min. and serve with ice cream.
Grilled peach salad is a wonderfully refreshing dinner treat. Using three large peaches, 1½ Tbsp. olive oil, baby spinach from Gypsy Rows/Frog Song/or Caruso Farms, ¼ c. blueberries, some sliced almonds, 6 Tbsp. of balsamic vinaigrette, 3 Tbsp. goat cheese and some roasted chicken breast (from Sky Valley Farm). Cut peaches into wide wedges and pit, toss with olive oil. Place peaches on grill, cook over medium heat (on all sides) about 5 minutes. Remove peaches from heat, grill chicken till done, remove from heat, and chop. In large bowl, layer spinach, chicken, blueberries, goat cheese and almonds. Add peaches and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
Planning on having salmon for dinner, try grilling the salmon with peaches, red onions and some ginger.
So, as you can see, there are so many ways to enjoy these fresh peaches today, or can them for the winter. Whether fresh, grilled, canned or baked, the flavor explodes in your mouth with the joy of summer.
Start planning your “Peachy” weekend and join us for a fun day of shopping and more at the Edmonds Summer Market this weekend. Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. If you have another great way to enjoy these Washington peaches, please post it on the Edmonds Museum Summer Market Facebook page. We would love to hear from you.
And remember, though we love our pets, we ask that you leave them home. Thank you.
— By Christina Martin, Market Manager