As spring flows into summer, we use the bounty of local farmers for ingredients for our breakfasts and snacks. Earlier this season we used fresh strawberries and black raspberries in wonderful recipes. Local vegetables included asparagus, spring onions, and sweet lettuce.
Right now we love the fresh peaches available in our area from early June through September. We purchase local peaches from Saunders Brothers Farm Market in Piney River, VA. They are located on the other side of the mountain from us – about 50 minutes away – but they come to the Lexington Farmers Market on Wednesdays so it’s convenient to purchase lots of fresh fruit there.
If you happen to visit us on a weekend and have to miss the Lexington Farmers Market, there are several other farmers markets nearby. The Staunton Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7am to 12pm. The Rockbridge Farmers Market (also in Lexington) is open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. The Glasgow Farmers Market sets-up all the fresh produce on Fridays (12pm-6pm) and Saturdays (8am-12pm). You can also find fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, wine, and brews on the Fields of Gold Farm Trail.
Here is just one of the recipes we use for fresh peaches. Stay with us during this fruit season and try other fresh peach dishes!
Recipe: 8 servings
4 large yellow peaches
8 t butter
Preheat oven 375 degrees.
Cut peaches in half and remove the pits.
Place the 8 peach halves on baking sheet cut side up. Try to have the peach top level because you will be placing butter and cinnamon sugar on top and you don’t want it to drip off. If it leans, take a piece of aluminum foil to level.
Place 1 t butter on each peach half. Break the teaspoon of butter into small pieces and place it in and around the peach cavity.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of the peach half.
Bake 375 degrees for 20 minutes. You can test if peach is done by slightly insert a knife on the side of the peach.
Place peach half on a dish. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with granola. Add a mint leaf at the top of the peach as a garnish.
*For a dessert you can substitute vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for the yogurt.
Make your reservation to stay with us in the Shenandoah Valley and enjoy all the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season!