One of the best things about living in SW Michigan is the wonderful fruit grown here. We have orchards filled with fruit and in every direction you look. Blueberries, cherries, sweet and tart, luscious peaches, apples of every variety – yum!
Sweet tasting peaches are the real reward of today’s peach picking event.
Since our peach trees are not producing yet we go to a local orchard and pick peaches nearly every year. Today we drove to and picked a bushel of Red Havens. Red Haven peaches were developed by Liberty Hyde Bailey just 17 miles from where we live in nearby South Haven, MI. They are the perfect peach for our weather, soil and USDA Zone.
Autumn clouds and a brisk wind made the picking perfect!
In less than 20 minutes we picked a bushel and headed home to process the first half of them that were ripe s and ready. Because pantry space is limited for us, I always freeze our peaches. Hubby and I tag team; I peel and cut and he adds the coconut sugar, lemon juice and seals the bags using our Food Saver.
Red Haven peaches are perfect!
4 cups peaches
1 Tablespoons lemon juice
½ to ¾ cup sugar
Ziplock bag or Food Saver after squeezing out excess air
Zip and freeze
Hubby picking in the orchard.
We are going to eat like kings this winter!
Small House homesteader, Donna
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