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FarmFreshDC, August – Peaches, Tomatoes & Corn

September 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The August round-up is a little later than I had intended, but you have another week or two to try out some of these peach, corn and tomato ideas so be sure to visit your favorite farmers markets this weekend! It looks like rain is in the forecast for Saturday, which is great for reducing the crowds and means your produce is pre-washed and ready to enjoy …

PEACHES: Peaches have been fantastic this season. I’ve now sampled varieties from all three local states (Harris/D&S, Md.; Papa’s/Toigo/Reid’s, Pa., and some Northern Neck, Va., ones) and I have to say Harris’ supersweets were, in fact, the sweetest. Reid’s donut peaches are a close second. Anyone else have a different favorite?

  • Sylvie @ Rappahannock Cook and Kitchen Gardener lives in the midst of the farms providing our market bounty, and shares a Mediterranean inspired Peach Salsa seasoned with coriander and cumin.
  • Ribs with Peach BBQ Sauce from Tiffany of The Garden Apartment also featured local Babes in the Wood pork.
  • I’m a big fan of basil-infused cocktails, and this Peach-Opal Basil Lemonade from Capital Spice is sure to hit the spot … featuring self-picked Stribling peaches to boot!
  • I have another peach recipe to post soon, but am still savoring the Peach Berry Sherbet in our freezer.

TOMATOES: Our CSA has had a less than perfect tomato season this year, with our wacky cold weather, but they are coming in strong now. Heirloom varieties are hitting their peak, and Mt. Olympus Berry Farm had some of my favorite, deep red heirloom cherry tomatoes last Friday at the McLean market.

CORN: Someone commented on my Flickr photo (above) that they’d never seen sour corn advertised, but after sampling some west coast corn, I can say that’s one thing that truly is sweeter here in the mid-Atlantic.

LAST CALL FOR PEACHES: I got to the Upper King St. market too late Wednesday to snag some of D&S’s peaches. Bigg Riggs’ are gone for the season, but D&S’s Dan said he’ll be bringing some for one, maybe two more weeks. Supplies are definitely dwindling so get to your market early for the best chances of acquiring them. Dan also reports that Jonathan apples will be in soon, though we enjoyed the small, sweet galas this week.

September Round-Up: Stay tuned for details, but I’m thinking of hosting an apple recipe challenge for the September installment of FarmFreshDC.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Elizabeth @ Capital Spice // Sep 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the note, I hope you enjoy the lemonade. I wish I had some right now.

    Love your blog! I’m making a point to check back often to stay on top of all the best seasonal recipes!

  • 2 Tiffany // Sep 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

    You are speaking to my heart with all these recipes. Tomatoes, peaches, corn. . . I am getting so sad about the end of their seasons. Sigh. Well, at least there is so much to look forward to during the fall.

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    // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    @ Elizabeth – Thanks! I made a modified version of the lemonade this weekend and it was a little sweet for our tastes, but certainly bears continued exploration.

    @ Tiffany – I know. Fall is my favorite season but I was getting sad thinking about all the summer items we’ll soon be losing. So much so that I finally broke down and canned some tomatoes this weekend!