Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Thursday

August 22, 2013

Peach of a fruit: Peak season this weekend

TRAVERSE CITY — Beryl Striewski moved to northern Michigan from Texas, where “local” fruit and vegetables meant watermelons and tomatoes.

So she revels in northern Michigan’s growing season, using the bounty in cooking and canning, and writing a food blog called Traverse City Locavore. She said her favorite fruit is cherries, but peaches are a close second.

“I try to pick a half bushel, minimum,” she said, adding that her favorite u-pick farms include Buchan’s and Elzer Farm, both on Old Mission Peninsula.

Peak peach season in the region will arrive this weekend, said Steve Fouch, a retired Michigan State University Extension educator and an owner of Jacob’s Corn Maze and Farm on M-72 west of Traverse City. The season started two weeks behind last year’s, which was unusually early, but will end up more or less on target thanks to this week’s hot weather.

“We’re kind of halfway normal this year,” Fouch said. “Usually early varieties come on mid-August and the season runs to early September in our region.”

Besides the perennial customer favorite, Red Haven peaches, the farm offers early, late and unusual u-pick and we-pick varieties including Saturn, an odd-shaped white-flesh peach.

“It’s shaped like a doughnut and it’s flat like a flying saucer,” Fouch said. “You can eat around the pit and you don’t get all juicy and messy.”

With such a short growing season, Striewski gets to work early, canning peaches, peach butter and peach compote made with a sugar water syrup. The professional photographer said she uses the peach butter as a low-calorie alternative to jam on toast and as a sandwich spread, adding it to sliced turkey and Swiss cheese for a “spicy, yummy” kick. A lot of the peach butter also winds up as Christmas gifts.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl