I 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!