From now until the around the end of September, peaches are in season! Bring on all the peach pie, cobbler, smoothies, breakfast tarts, and more!

We often get asked about the difference between some of our peach varieties and the best way to can or freeze peaches so you can enjoy them all year round. Take a look at these explanations and tips we’ve compiled for you to help you better navigate peach season!

Clingstone Peaches vs. Freestone Peaches

Clingstone peaches are peaches that tend to hug the stone, or pit, making them more difficult to remove them from the pit. Freestone peaches separate more easily from the pit, making it easier to pull out once the peach is halved. We tend to carry clingstone peaches earlier in the season typically because they are ready earlier in the season, then transition to semi-freestone, and finally, end with freestone peaches.

How to Can Peaches

Things you’ll need:

  • water bath canner
  • canning jars
  • canning seals and rings
  • jar lifter and canning funnel
  • large pot or blancher
  • bowls
  • large spoons
  • sharp knife
  • towels and dishcloths
  • ladle

Ingredients

  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Water

Directions

  1. Prepare light or medium syrup. Simply heat water and sweetener in a saucepan until sugar dissolves.

Sugar syrup

  • Light – 2 cups sugar to 1-quart water
  • Medium – 3 cups sugar to 1-quart water
  1. Place peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 60 seconds.
  1. Immediately remove the peaches, place in a sink or bowl with cold water to blanch.
  2. Slice the peaches in half and remove the pit. Skins should peel right off. Use a knife for the stubborn spots.
  3. Place peached in jars and cover immediately with syrup.
  4. Wipe the rim of the jar clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lid.

*Instructions courtesy of https://www.simplycanning.com/canning-peaches.html

How to Freeze Peaches

Things you’ll need

  • Large pot
  • Large bowl
  • Knife
  • Pint or quart size freezer bags or containers

Ingredients

  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Cut the skin on the peach. This allows for expansion when you blanch the peach.
  2. Bring a large pot to a boil. In a separate bowl, fill with ice water. Place 3 to 4 peaches in the boiling water and remove in 30 to 60 seconds.
  3. Place peached in ice water immediately after removing from boiling water.
  4. Use a knife or your hands to peel peach skins from each peach.
  5. Half each peach, and remove a pit.
  6. Slice peaches to desired size.
  7. Prepare peaches for freezing. There are three options below.
    1. Water Pack – Pack peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container or bag, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Pour water over the peaches, maintaining the specified headspace.
    2. Sugar Pack – Pack a short layer of peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container. Sprinkle lightly with sugar; repeat layering, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Cover and let stand 15 minutes or until juicy before freezing.
    3. Syrup Pack – Prepare desired syrup. Pack peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container or bag, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Pour syrup over the peaches, maintaining the specified headspace.
      • Very Light Syrup – Use 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4 cups syrup.
      • Light Syrup – Use 1-2/3 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4-1/4 cups syrup.
      • Medium Syrup – Use 2-2/3 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4-2/3 cups syrup.
      • Heavy Syrup – Use 4 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 5-3/4 cups syrup.
  1. Seal and label containers. Place in freezer.

*Instructions courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

When you are ready to use the peaches, take them out of the freezer and place them in your refrigerator or a cool water bath. Then enjoy!

Come get your fresh peaches today! Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Not up for picking your own? We have pre-picked peaches in our market. We look forward to seeing you here!

You worked hard all winter long to be able to lose those stubborn pounds and get your body summer-ready, don’t lose it now that summer is here! This smoothie is great for a mom (or dad) on-the-go or just someone who wants to relax poolside. It is low in fat and calories, but high in protein so you will be able to fight off your cravings and keep the munching to a minimum.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • ½ medium banana, sliced and frozen
  • ¾ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender in the order listed, and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately.

This smoothie is meant to be thick, so you can adjust the ice amount to meet how you like your smoothie.

Come get your fresh blueberries at Orr’s Farm Market! Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Our blueberries are available to pick-your-own or are pre-picked and can be found in the market. Our blueberries are $3.29 per lb for up to 10 lbs and $3.09 per lb for 10 lbs or more. Happy picking!

With it being National Blueberry Month, we were curious about what makes these tiny fruits so special. I mean, what about blueberries is so significant that they have an entire month dedicated to them?  We did some research, and it turns out this “superfruit” is packed full of nutrients, making them delicious and great for you!

Take a look at the top health benefits of blueberries.

  1. High in antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds found in the body that is used to protect cells from damage, as well as from chronic illness like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Compared to other berries, blueberries are highest in antioxidants. According to WebMD, one cup of blueberries has enough antioxidants in it to fulfill your daily need.

  1. Boost weight loss

All around, the nutrients in blueberries make them a great addition to your diet. With 3.6 grams of fiber per cup, this amount of blueberries takes care of fourteen percent of your daily fiber needs. Fiber makes you feel fuller longer and keeps your digestive tract regular and on pace.

  1. Improve brain health

Blueberries help improve memory and cognition, boosting your brain health to new heights. Again, with the antioxidants, these tiny fruits protect the brain from damage and help it to age in a healthy way. So munch on a few blueberries during lunch to keep your brain focused through the workday.

  1. Aid heart health

With coronary heart disease being one of the leading causes of people in the United States, including blueberries in your diet can improve your overall heart health. Your heart pumps blood throughout your entire body, so it’s vital in keeping you alive and healthy. Eating blueberries regularly can result in lower blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol, both important in keeping your heart healthy.

With all this talk about blueberries, it’s time to visit us at Orr’s and get some for yourself! You can pick-your-own blueberries or select from our pre-picked ones inside the market. We have five varieties, each variety with its own flavor and size. Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, so pick some while you can!

July is National Blueberry Month, so at Orr’s we feel the need to celebrate these small fruits accordingly. Packed full of antioxidants, blueberries are great for losing weight, fighting off disease, and are delicious too! From breakfast to dessert and every meal in between, here are an assortment of recipes that will help you to include more blueberries in your diet.

For breakfast, start your morning off on the right foot with these yummy Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries! With blueberries ripe and ready this season, their sweetness pairs so well with the smooth cream cheese spread.

Sure to satisfy, this combination of savory and sweet is perfect for lunch. A spin on a classic grilled cheese, this Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich is sure to delight your taste buds.

Snack time is a great time for more blueberries! And these Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries hit the spot when you get hungry for an afternoon snack. The blueberries give you some antioxidants for an extra bit of brain boost while the Greek yogurt keeps you full until dinnertime.

Dinner is the main meal of the day in most households. It’s a meal where everyone comes together and talk about their day over a fresh, delicious meal while spent enjoying each other’s company. This Best of Summer Kale Salad and Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette is an easy, but healthy recipe that tastes just like summer. You can always add chicken on top too for some extra protein!

Dessert, the best meal of the day! And this light and fluffy Blueberry and Cream Angel Cake is sure to handle your sweet tooth without being too heavy. This recipe is simple to make and your family will be sure to love it.

With all this talk about blueberries, come on down to Orr’s and pick your own! Or purchase some of our pre-picked blueberries in the market. Our fresh berries are sure to compliment any and all of these recipes above, or eaten just by themselves.

Come get your fresh blueberries today! Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Our blueberries are $3.29 per lb for up to 10 lbs and $3.09 per lb for 10 lbs or more. Happy picking!