How great is this time of year? It’s like the best of all that the year has to offer in terms of weather and food. The tail-end of summer fruits and vegetables are still showing up at the markets, and the chill in the air welcomes the spices and flavors of Fall. What’s not to love?
To make me even more happy, my favorite, somewhat local peach farm is at the peak of their peach harvest right now. So this past Sunday, we piled into the car and headed out to Blum Ranch in Acton, California to go get some peaches. It’s a 75-mile trip one way, but it’s so worth it. I am a firm believer in supporting local farms, and if I’ve got nothing going on then I don’t mind the drive. Besides, these little road trips are a great time to tune out the rest of the world and have a little time with the family.
I bought a lug, which is approximately 50 peaches, of the Cal-Red variety. I went to the ranch with the hope of getting the prized Blum’s Beauty, a variety they created, but they weren’t quite ready for picking. My guess is their late season has something to do with our unusually cool summer. I may be going back to the ranch, because this family of four has been eating about 8 to 10 peaches per day. They are so sweet and full of pure peach flavor, we can’t get enough of them.
This pear was the largest I have ever seen. It came from the box of similar-sized pears on the floor.
Trying to find ways to utilize the peaches hasn’t been a problem. But I must admit, I am not a lover of cooked peaches, so deciding on a relish was a simple and great place to start.
Peach and Avocado Salsa
1 1/2 medium-sized peaches, seeded and diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded if desired and small-diced
1-2 tablespoons sweet onion, such as Maui or Walla-Walla
1/2 Haas avocado, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro, chopped fine
1/2 Fresh lime
Pinch of salt and pepper
In a bowl, combine diced peaches, jalapeno pepper, sweet onion, avocado and cilantro. Cut lime in half and squeeze some of the juice over the mixture. Toss and taste. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grilled chicken or fish.