Friday, October 03, 2008

This has been the year of the peach.

The vegetables have all done horrible this year. Ironically, I managed to grow okra and eggplant, and hardly anytomatoes. Go figure. I garden primarily by neglect, and tomatoes usually do pretty well under that treatment. but not this year.

The fruit, however, went bananas. (ha).

Last year we had a late frost that nipped all the blooms, so there was a near total crop failure, statewide, on almost all fruits - particularly peaches, apples, plums, cherries, and elderberries.

This year, the trees and bushes have made up for it by producing last year's fruits, PLUS this year's fruits. I swear.

Our little orchard is just a few years old now, and this is the first year I have had a peach harvest. I have 2 "white peach" trees. I don't know the proper name, just that they are small, white-fleshed peaches that grow very well in this climate; they don't seem to mind the cold.

anyway, these trees produced like mad. I estimate that we picked about 20 plant-flats full of peaches. They were divided among about 7 people, some taking just a bag full, some taking 5 or 6 flats. we all had plenty to make jam, pies, cobblers, baby food, and more!

I froze most of mine, for use in pies or cobblers, but plan to make this yummy recipe that my friend Linda found in her Better Homes cookbook:

Rum Peach Jam

3 pounds fully ripe peaches, scaled, peeled and finely chopped(4 cups
1 1 3/4 ounce package powdered fruit pectin
5 cups sugar
1/4 cup light rum

Combine peaches and pectin in a very large suacepan or dutch oven. Place
over high heat and bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.
Emmediately add all the sugar and stir. Again bring to a full rolling
boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat: stir in rum: skim off foam. Stir and skin for 5 minutes
to cool slightlyt and prevent fruit from floating. Ladle into hot scaled
jars. Seal at once. Makes about 6 half pint jars.

Thanks to John for this great photo of the peaches - they were sitting on our porch and a shaft of sunlight hit them just right, and he grabbed his camera to catch the moment.

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Blogger Bonne said...

Nothing like a fresh peach off the tree! They were late this year in our area.
PLS, Send me the link again to the bird sanctuary that makes spinning schtuffs~I want another drop spindle or 2 from them. I LOVE THAT SPINDLE!! ;) B

8:12 PM  
Blogger Bonne said...

LOL Never mind, I found the link buried in my bookmarks. B

8:17 PM  
Blogger girlwithasword said...

Lol! bonne you're quicker than me! It's been a crazy week and I haven't been blogging. Glad you found the spindles!!! :)

1:39 PM  

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