Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Peaches from Sweets, Preserves and the Farmer's Market... Lazy Days in July

Sweets brought me Georgia peaches as big as my hand! Photo edit by Mary Singleton

Sweets is finally home for good.  Maybe, just maybe it will give me a little bit more time to breathe and do the things that I like to do but don't seem to have time for right now.  Like visit the blog.

One of the things that he brought home with him, by my request, was a box of beautiful, fresh off the tree, peaches.  He was in Georgia and you know what Georgia is famous for!  PEACHES!  So yummy!

My grandmother used to make peach preserves when I was little and I've been wanting to try my hand at making them for a long time, but just never had the right peaches for the job.  These giant, fresh and perfectly ripe peaches were exactly what I needed to take on making the preserves.  I haven't eaten any since the last time I had hers and let me tell you, that was so good it could have been (and was) eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon.  I nailed it and the preserves are perfect.

That box of peaches was still sitting on the chair in the kitchen this morning when we took off for the farmer's market.  Yes, we do grow our own produce but not everything is ready since I didn't get it the ground early enough.  Next year will be different.

From the Farmer's Market today.
We wanted to see the booth that belongs to a farm that I follow on Facebook.  Alas, they weren't there so I was slightly disappointed.  They are known for grass fed beef and Sweets has a thing for ribeye steaks.  In my effort to get him to eat better quality food, I suggested we purchase a few of their steaks for dinner this evening.  Here's to hoping we see them next week!

Of course there were other beautiful things to see, smell, touch and taste and I was extremely happy to see herb plants from one of the vendors.  The basil, chives and oregano were big fat failures this year so we purchased one plant of each.  The chives will hopefully do well where I planted them and the oregano and basil are currently sharing the empty terracotta pot that sits next to the side porch steps so we can bring them in this fall.

We did find another farm that was selling grass fed meats.  Their current beef was finished with grain instead of grass (the honesty was REALLY appreciated!) but they will have grass finished beef in August.  Sweets asked me to go ahead and grab a couple of pounds of their pork breakfast sausage so we did.  I ended up making biscuits and gravy when we got home and I do have to say, we will be purchasing it from them again.  It was just right on the spices and I could tell by looking at it that it was fresh made.  It was very good.

Peach preserves made from Georgia peaches.
I picked up a bunch of beautiful kale to make my favorite kale side dish for dinner tonight, a very nice looking eggplant, 1/2 dozen ears of southern Indiana corn and a 1/2 pound of fresh made artisan mozzarella cheese.  The last time we had mozzarella cheese that was truly fresh was at Wolfgang Pucks in Honolulu so this should be worth every penny.  I can't wait to use it!

When we got home, Sweets declared today as "lazy day."  Pffft!  Not for me!  I have a lot of things on my to do list so lazy just wasn't in the cards for this lady.  First things first... freezing broccoli and making peach preserves.  Both turned out fantastic and the chickens got a nice little snack of broccoli stems and peach skins.  I thought about saving the broccoli stems to make vegetable stock with but there will be plenty of those for another time.  The chickens loved it and it gave me a chance to get a few things done in the coop that needed to be looked at.

Next was planting the herbs.  That took a whole five minutes.

After finishing all of that, I've decided that maybe I do have some time for a lazy late afternoon.  Take a bit of a break to relax with Sweets before dinner.  Maybe we'll take the idiot twins for a walk... or maybe not.  Just like he said to me earlier today, we have the rest of our lives to figure it out.

Happy Wednesday!





  1. LanIe,

    I am so happy for you and Sweets :-) The preserves sound awesome. I am allergic to citric acid and peaches, plums, apples, strawberries and bananas are about all I can have.


  2. Hi Chris,

    You can't eat citrus fruit? Yikes! Most homemade preserves, jams and jelly recipes call for lemon juice. I'm not 100% sure why but I leave it out because my GUESS is that it is to keep the fruit from turning darker. The sugar is the preservative in them so that's the only reason I could think of that lemon juice would be added. Just a heads up in case you ever need to know that. Allergies can be SCARY!


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