“Playing With Your Food” is a weekly post highlighting a few of the many great uses for the wide range of produce and artisan food at the Salem Farmers’ Market, a Salem Main Streets project. While we can never predict exactly what our farms will be able to bring each week, we do our best to reflect some of the fun items we’ve found recently and what’s likely to be available for the upcoming week. Hopefully this will give you a few new ideas to play with, and inspire you to try some new things at the market.
It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through the market season already! We’ve reached the time of year that’s probably my favorite – stone fruit season. I love peaches and nectarines, but I don’t really eat them out of season – and in New England the season is all too short. Of course, you can just eat them as is without any fuss, but if you want to make the season last as long as possible, here are a few ideas:
- Peach and Thyme Galette – Sweet and savory, this recently became by favorite “special” peach dessert. The recipe calls for white peaches and lemon thyme, but any peaches and any thyme will do (especially good if your herb garden is exploding with thyme, like mine). Also perfectly suitable to substitute whipped cream or ice cream for the creme fraiche, but no matter what, add a little leftover thyme-honey mixture to your dairy product of choice. You won’t be sorry.
- Peach Tart – Is the crust for the galette above a little too much for you to bother with? This push-in tart crust is extremely forgiving.
- Almond-Crisped Peaches – Can’t be bothered with crust at all? This is probably the easiest peach dessert out there, but the flavor is incredible.
- Grilled Mint Julep Peaches – Actually, THIS is the easiest peach dessert out there, assuming you already have the grill on.
- Tomato, Nectarine, and Mozzarella Salad – Caprese salad with a twist; try with mozzarella from Wolf Meadow Farm or Milk and Honey.
- Peach Butter – Looking to make your peaches last longer? Make a spread.
- Peach Cordial – Another way to make your peaches last longer? Make them boozy.