Fresh, juicy peaches are unbeatable, if you love peaches. And if you love peaches, you’re going to LOVE August! August is National Peach Month and here are all the fun things you need to know to capitalize on the peach harvest.
Where to Pick
Cana – Ayers Orchard – Right at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains is this beautiful pick-your-own orchard and century farm. Available varieties of peaches and nectarines are China Pearl, Red Skins, Alberta, Jersey Queen, Jefferson and Georgia Belles. By next week Yellow Hale should be ready to pick.
Crozet – Chiles Peach Orchard – Check out the farm market and ice cream parlor where amazing treats await. Hot, fresh donuts, pies, fudge … it’s a heavenly place! This Saturday and Sunday, August 3 & 4, is the annual Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days. Grab some and then pick your own yellow Freestone for $1.39/lb. or Donut peaches for $1.99/lb.
Crozet – Henley’s Orchard – For more than 75 years Henley’s has been growing and sharing peaches, nectarines and more. Fresh preserves and homemade peach ice cream is waiting for you here!
Piney River – Saunders Brothers Orchard & Farm Market – The first peaches of the season are now available! All varieties are $2.99/lb or go all out and pick a peck or a bushel. As the month goes on, expect the Loring, Sugar Giant, Blake and Mr. Carson varieties to be ready. Spend some time this Saturday, August 3, enjoying the antique farm equipment display.
Winchester – Peach Festival – August 10, 2013 – Probably every peach dish you can imagine can be found at this festival. Peach cobbler, pie, turnovers, ice cream … the list goes on! Enjoy the live music from 1 to 3 p.m. and load the kids up on the cow train.
Meadows of Dan – Annual Meadows of Dan Folk Fair – August 17, 2013 – Musicians, crafts, fun activities for the kids, and plenty of peaches in various edible forms — even peach butter made like apple butter!
Middletown – Richard’s Fruit Market Peach Festival – August 18, 2013 – It’s a day of family fun with haywagon and barrel train rides, plus a petting zoo and all the peaches you care to eat.
A Peach Recipe for You
Easy Fresh Peach Preserves from Karla Jones Seidita of Cheesecake Farms in Sumerduck.
- 8 to 10 ripe peaches (about 3 1/2 lbs.)
- 3 T. lemon juice
- 1 1/4 c. sugar
Peel and pit peaches. Remove any bruised spots and discard. Coarsely mash. Stir in lemon juice. Measure peahces and juice – you should have about five cups.
Put mashed peaches and juice in a large skillet (not cast iron). Add sugar and cover the pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for one minute with the lid on, then remove lid. Reduce heat so peaches bubble but don’t boil over.
Cook, stirring, until mixture reduces in volume by half (about eight minutes). Do not overcook. Preserves thicken as they cool.
Remove from heat and skim away any foam. Immediately ladle into a heat-proof container. Cool uncovered at room temperature for about an hour, then cover and refrigerate. Stores refrigerated for up to one week.
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