It’s August. It’s peach picking time. You may been picking peaches in July, but August is really Peach month, at least here in Pennsylvania. I have 2 favorite places to pick peaches – Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA or Highland Orchards in West Chester, PA
At Linvilla Orchards, you can take the free hayride out to the Orchard to pick peaches, or you can do what I do. To save myself time and money, plus avoid bugs in the orchard, I head to the farm market and pick up peaches from the seconds section. When we go to Highland, we drive out to the peach trees which is easier for me with 4 younger kids. I can load the car up and bring the peaches back to the market to pay for them.
Peach trees are remarkably easy to grow if you have room in your yard. We have a dwarf peach tree which produces about 20 lbs. of peaches each year. I never have to spray the tree. I only need to prune it in the later winter/early spring. One tip – pick your homegrown peaches slightly early and let them ripen inside your garage away from the insects. Otherwise, you’ll be doing battle with some nasty hornets and wasps, not to mention the deer, squirrels, and catbirds for your peaches.
Hey, did you know? Saturday, August 17th is National Can-It-Forward Day!
You can catch the excitement live at Union Square Greenmarket in New York City from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, or watch live streaming coverage of National Can-It-Forward Day on freshpreserving.com or on our freshpreserving.com’s Facebook page.
Peach Pie Filling to Freeze – adding a little lemon juice to your favorite peach pie filling will prevent discoloration in the freezer
Canned Peaches – I use the raw pack method after preparing the peaches. I found white grape juice to be the best choice for liquid; water makes the canned peaches too bland.
Peach Puree – I use the recipe in Ball Blue Book when I’m overloaded with peaches. I can use the pint jars of peach puree later for peach butter, peach jam, or smoothies.
Peach Honey Preserves – substitute peaches for the plums in this Honey Plum Preserve recipe
Cut up peaches for Smoothies – I put mine in quart size bags for easier use
Dried Peaches – I don’t blanch or dip mine in ascorbic acid. I sliced them into 1/2″ thick pieces, and dried them in my Nesco Garden Master dehydrator
- My Canning and Freezing page
- Ball Blue Book
- Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America’s Classic Preserving Guide
- Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving