My favourite Saturday morning- at a farmers’ market
It feels good to buy from local and small producers. People who care about what they’ve grown and raised. I love a story about the provenance of the food I’m going to take home. The food feels loved and that leads me to love the food even more!
Having lived in England most my life the farmers’ markets here in Arkansas have a different and intriguing selection of fruit and vegetables that are very diverse and exciting to me. The novelty of what exotic produce has been grown locally and then that I’m able buy it for the first time is particularly appealing. The local peaches we buy are so incredible- the market stall has 4 or 5 varieties and by talking to the stall holder she advises me on which are better for eating or cooking! I’d never seen a peach menu before but this is what she had!
In England the peaches will mostly be imported from Europe as the climate is not warm enough to grow them there and then there’s only one or two varieties to choose from. I used to think that they tasted pretty good but the peaches that are sold here, just a few miles from where they were on the tree are a different experience altogether! The taste of these peaches is so fresh and full of flavour. They are very peachy peaches!
We mostly just slice and eat the peaches as they are – pure peaches. The way they looked sliced and on my summer tray was my ‘little things’ moment to make my Saturday.The vibrant colours in the sunshine couldn’t help but make me smile!
After the weekend I had 2 peaches left over. I couldn’t resist to make a peach and blueberry cake. We went blueberry picking in June and I froze a large volume of blueberries. As I only have a finite amount of the blueberries left they feel very precious to me but a handful sprinkled over the cake were a well deserved use for them. Another favourite way to use a peach that has gone a little too soft is to roast them in the oven with a small amount of butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Served up with a dollop of Greek yogurt this is a simple but divine dessert!
If you are able make the most of the peaches out there at markets and greengrocers whilst you can get them. Superb seasonal fruit cannot be beaten!
What seasonal summer produce do you most look forward to? Leave your comments below- I’d love to hear from you!