Getting Fresh!

Peacheswatermarked.jpg.jpgI love summer! I love the slower pace. I love having my kids around more. I love sitting outside for my quiet time in the mornings. And, I love the fresh fruits and vegetables that are at their amazing peak in the summertime.

Having grown up with farming grandparents and gardening parents, I specifically think of some of the South’s finest offerings: cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes, peaches, squash, peaches, okra, peaches, sweet corn, peaches, butter beans, peaches, blueberries, peaches, blackberries… Did I mention peaches? Peaches are loaded with vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Some of my fondest memories revolve around my grandmother and me loading up our buckets and heading just outside of town to Tom Sawyer Farm. Until Grandmama hit 93 years old, we picked our own. After that, we let Mr. Tom pick them for us. If you’ve never had freshly picked Georgia peaches, you’re missing a fabulous treat.

Here is my favorite peach recipe (actually, it’s my mom’s):

Gram’s Peach Cobbler

  • 3 C. fresh or frozen peaches (or any favorite summer fruit)
  • 1 C. flour (I use whole wheat)
  • 1 C. sugar (I use Sucanat)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted

Put peaches in 8×8 baking pan. Combine flour and sugar. Beat egg and add to flour/sugar mixture. Using a pastry blender or fork, blend egg in until the mixture is crumbly. Spread crumbly mixture on top of peaches and drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes— until golden brown. Serve with a dab of ice cream.

While peaches are my personal favorite summer produce item, there are so many others. Take advantage of all the complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytochemicals and fiber of summer produce. Toss a salad with lots of chopped, fresh veggies. Chop some squash finely so no one can recognize it. They’ll never know! Add a little fruit to your salad for something different. Toss in some crumbled goat, feta or bleu cheese and some toasted almonds, pecans, or walnuts. Top with grilled chicken or fish and you’ve got a great meal.

And, if you’re anywhere near middle Georgia, go see my friends Tom and Jean at Tom Sawyer Farm. Tell ‘em I sent you!

Comments

  1. Julie says

    Hi Sandra, I’m a former Atlantan now living in Texas. I love the encouragement offered in your Twitter feed and blog, so thank you!

    Two questions: peeled or unpeeled peaches? Salted or unsalted butter?

    ~ Julie in Dallas

    • Sandra Stanley says

      Definitely peel the peaches. Peaches have lots of potential pests, so unless you purchase organic they’ve been sprayed with pesticides. I always peel them anyway though! I like salted butter for this recipe.

  2. Mary says

    I love your emphasis on freshness, whole grains and wholesome sugar substitutes. I also love your blog – I shared your granola recipe with our small group and it was a hit (we are members of Rock Point – the North Point affiliate in Chattagnooga).

  3. Tom says

    Tom Sawyer Farm is a 5 minute drive from the house I grew up in. My parents still live there. They have the best blackberries and peaches!

  4. Tifani Thompson says

    I just printed recipe! My mom is going make this for us when she visits us again(hopefully next month). YUMMY! Thank you!

  5. Harriett Smith says

    Enjoyed this blog. Especially sweet going peach picking with your Grandmama ’til she was 93! How special!! Treasured memories
    : ). I too love that cobbler recipe.

  6. Ruth Robinson says

    Thank you Sandra for all the healthy yummies you give us.
    I appreciate your willingness to share and talk with us:)

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