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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just Peachy...


Although I love the farms I frequent in Hollis, NH. and relished the small bag of peaches 
I purchased a few weeks ago, I just couldn't justify buying a whole peck of peaches 
there.$$$ While chatting with Mary from Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes she came 
across Carlson Orchards in Harvard, MA. on line and I decided to give it a try.  The ride 
wasn't too long and I arrived at the orchard in about 25 minutes. Carlson's peaches turned 
out to be eighty cents a pound cheaper than my favorite NH farm.  They also had quite 
a variety to choose from and I settled on the Early-Glow variety.

We ate our fill of these delicious, juicy, native peaches and with the rest I made Peach Preserves 
 and Peach Salsa.( click for recipes)  Canning really isn't very difficult it's just very time 
consuming.  There's a lot of sterilizing going on with all the jars and utensils, but once 
you get through all the tedious tasks the end result is very rewarding.  Both recipes 
turned out fantastic.  Much better than my strawberry jam disaster.

27 comments:

  1. They are very lovely...and I can't wait for our peach season to arrive.

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  2. These jars are fantastic and looks delicious!! Have a nice day

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  3. Yum, peach salsa, never had it but another one to try.

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  4. How I envy you being able to buy locally grown peaches. We can only buy imported ones in the supermarket and they are generally like bullets they are so hard.Oh to have the climate to grow these things. :)

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  5. LOVELY and I love anything with peaches in it too!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

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  6. I picked mine at Applecrest Farm, in NH, but I will say they were surprisingly $$$. The experience was great, though. I do have a huge bag of them left, and we're about to head back to college with my younger daughter. Hopefully they'll be ok when I get home and I can try your peach salsa.

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  7. Looks 'delish'. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

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  8. Hurray! I love to hear of folks keeping at the canning adventure, even after a challenge or a 'flop'. I have been canning for years and there are STILL recipes that give me trouble, but I keep trying!

    That salsa looks wonderful! And there's nothing like peach jam on toast in the middle of the winter! They look like country fair winners to me, Susan!

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  9. I've never had peach salsa either but think I might like to give it a try too. Your jars are beautiful!! Looking at your jars when you are finished is just so satisfying!

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  10. Love peaches and their season is almost over; great recipe to keep in the peachy taste a bit longer.
    Rita

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  11. I love fresh peaches. We haven't been able to find many good ones in the grocery stores this year. They seem to be like rocks. Enjoy your preserves - they look yummy.

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  12. Mmm, peach jam is one of my fave things in the world! Yum!

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  13. Oh it looks so pretty. I love canning too. I always have. When I got married my aunt got me a waterbath canner, and a box of jars and all of the things that go with it. Not to mention a Ball Canning book. That has been one thing I have used for 31 years.
    Hey, I have a Chicken adventure today on my blog, so you can see the sometimes down side to chickens. :) Still a bad day with chickens is not a bad day. :)
    Have a lovely weekend, Are you going back to school next week?

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  14. I've been looking for a peach preserve recipe. I will head to the farmer's market saturday and this may be my Labor Day task. Thanks! Both look wonderful. Bonnie

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  15. I hope to get some peach jam made before the peaches are all gone! Your beautiful jam and salsa are inspiring me. :)

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  16. I don't do much canning now but I love the whole process. Because I would can in Maine and have to ship it to Florida, it just doesn't make sense. But we are going to make green tomato relish very soon (I will post about it). We will ship some to Florida. Thanks for stopping by.

    Carol

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  17. Gosh you have the most wonderful post. I so miss coming by here as much as I would like too.
    Can not tell you how I enjoy your site.
    Love love peaches. Now you have me wanting to make your preserves. Where oh where could I find good peaches here. lol
    Been wondering about you with that crazy Irene bullying her way through out the East.
    I have to catch up with you while I am here.
    Have a wonderful labor day
    Love
    Maggie

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  18. Peaches just smell like summer, don't they?
    Peach salsa sounds good. Lots of the mexican restaurants around here have mango salsa.
    Very nice it is too.
    xx
    julie

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  19. This reminds me of picking pears for my grandmother so she could make pickled pear relish. I didn't like the relish but I loved eating the pears.

    be well and happy, Susan
    Pam

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  20. Susan, I can't wait to sample these preserves and salsa! The photo is just stunning! I can't believe the detail! I'm looking forward to making brandied peaches!

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  21. oh siiiiigh...we seemed to totally miss out on summer up here...no lovely late summer produce :( I've had to skip over peaches for butternut squashes! At least I have your blog to feed my craving for a good north american summer! :)

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  22. Like Granny, I envy you being able to get local peaches, and I love what you have done with your excess - it's so cheering to have memories of summer throught the winter months.

    Susan, thank you so much for your comment on my blog - I was really touched by it, just what I needed today.

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  23. Oh how yummy I did buy a couple of peaches at the farm stand on my way home they were so yummy. I wish I could talk myself into canning that presentation is beautiful.
    cathy

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  24. I found your blog while checking in on my friends blog. I had to add it to my favorites. I love the posts.

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  25. YUM. I love peach jam. What a beautiful picture you took!

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  26. If only I had been able to share some of our surplus peaches with you.

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