PROUD PEACHES

If you’re looking for a different peach recipe, try one of these. Pictured from left: Nana’s Chicken & Peach Stir Fry, Deb’s Grilled Peaches with ice cream, Goldie’s Fresh Fruit Cobbler, Deb’s Grilled Peaches with green salad, grilled chicken strips and peach vinaigrette and grilled chicken covered in Nana’s Jalapeno Peach Jam from Nan’s Fruit and Jam Shack.



Becky Davis, left, Deb Burnett, center, and Barbara Bonderud live with peaches on two family owned and operated peach orchards near Palisade. Davis and her husband own Davis Family Orchards, 3673 G 7/10 Road, and Nana’s Fruit and Jam Shack, which is tended by Davis’ mother, Bonderud. Burnett and her husband own Just Peachy Orchard, 3704 G 7/10 Road.



QUICKREAD

NANA’S CHICKEN & PEACH SUMMER STIR FRY

From Becky Davis.

3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

1 tablespoon Weber’s Kick in’ Chicken Spice

1 large sweet potato, baked

1 medium yellow onion

1/2 cup local honey

1 cup Nana’s Jalapeno Peach Jam (from Nana’s Fruit and Jam Shack)

Chopped pecans

3 medium ripe (firm) peaches

Cut chicken, sweet potato, peaches/onions into bite-sized chunks. Add chicken to hot pan with a little canola oil. Stir fry until lightly browned/fully cooked; add onion and sweet potato chunks, stir fry additional few minutes. Do not overcook. Stir in honey and Nana’s Jalapeno Peach Jam. Stir until ingredients are coated. Remove from heat, gently add peaches and pecans. Serve over brown rice or just as it is.

Goldie’s Fresh Fruit Cobbler

From Becky Davis’ grandmother, Goldie.

6 tablespoons butter

3–4 cups cubed peaches

1 cup each: sugar, milk, flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream cheese (about a half package)

Cinnamon and sugar (to sprinkle on top)

Place butter in shallow baking dish, 9x13x2, in preheated 375 degree oven. While butter is melting, mix sugar, milk, flour, salt, baking powder and vanilla into a well-blended batter. Spread melted butter evenly over bottom of dish. Pour half of the batter in dish, arrange fruit over batter. Pour remaining batter over fruit. You may place dots of cream cheese with peaches (she wasn’t sure how much, probably half a package). Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top and bake 45 minutes or until done.

 

Deb’s Grilled Peaches

From Deb Burnett.

These grilled peaches can go with ice cream or be tossed into a salad.

Cut washed peaches in half and butter peach halves all over! Have grill going with medium heat.

Cover a grill pan with foil and spray it with Pam. Liberally sprinkle the grill pan with brown sugar. Place peaches on the pan and grill them until they are warmed through and brown sugar and butter is glazed over peaches.

Serve immediately with a good vanilla ice cream. Or, slice and serve the peaches in a green salad with grilled chicken strips and peach vinaigrette.

 

Peach Vinaigrette

From Deb Burnett and Dixie Burmeister.

3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil or oil of your choice

1 very large, washed and sliced peach

Dash of salt

Dash of sugar

Other seasonings of choice

Blend all ingredients together in blender and chill.

 

Becky’s Honey kissed, Blue Cheese Grilled Peaches (not pictured)

From Becky Davis.

Per serving:

1 ripe, sweet peach (washed)

Blue cheese crumbles

Local honey

Chopped pecans

Pam vegetable spray

Cut peach in half, remove pit. Spray meaty side with Pam, so it won’t stick to hot grill.

Grill face side down until grill marks show and peach is warmed all the way through. Remove peach from grill, turn over and, if needed, scoop out a little peach in the middle. Spoon in blue cheese crumbles, drizzle with local honey and sprinkle with pecans.

Note: Becky says that placing more of the crumbles over the top of peach gives you equal amounts of topping for your peach.



I recently headed down Interstate 70 to Palisade to learn the stories of a couple of small, family-owned and operated peach orchards from two women who are totally hands-on in their family businesses.

After getting off the interstate at Exit 42, I slowly passed St. Katherine Cellars Winery, then over the canal with a sharp right on a paved road where signs for Just Peachy Orchard and Nana’s Fruit and Jam Shack direct you down a peaceful road lined with orchards.

On the right is Deb and Jim Burnett’s Just Peachy Orchard and fruit stand and farther down the road on the left is Becky and Lance Davis’ Nana’s Fruit and Jam Shack and Davis Family Orchards.

I found Deb, Becky and her, mom Barbara Bonderud, in the midst of rows of loaded peach trees at a table set with delicious peach dishes, proving that although Becky and Deb are serious peach growers, there’s still a little time for quick and delicious peach delights.

Becky and Deb are women of the orchard, running tractors and other equipment, planting, caring for and tending to the trees, plus picking and selling peaches. Becky says.

“We only ask helpers to do what we, ourselves do,” Becky says.

“I pick them, Jim packs them,” Deb says.

Neither woman regrets deciding to grow peaches — both came from non-agricultural backgrounds with their husbands. Taking an early morning walk in the orchard gives each woman a serenity that keeps her going through “peak season” frenzy and preparing for the Palisade Peach Festival set for Aug. 14–17.

And the women credit their success to longtime local growers who shared their knowledge and encouragement and continue to do so.

Deb’s and Becky’s stories reassure us that family-owned orchards will continue for generations to come.

 

JUST PEACHY ORCHARDS

After lengthy non-agricultural-related careers, Deb and Jim Burnett decided in 1993 to move from the East Slope to Palisade to eat peaches, play golf almost year round (Jim’s words) and to find jobs.

They weren’t at the retirement stage, but wanted the Palisade lifestyle.

After a few jobs, peaches got to them. They purchased an orchard and now raise more than 20 varieties of peaches at Just Peachy Orchard. Golf games are but a memory.

Deb says she eats plenty of bruised or nicked peaches as she picks fresh off the tree, and that keeps her peach appetite so satisfied, she’s ready for a taco at night.

 

DAVIS FAMILY ORCHARDS

Nana’s Fruit and Jam Shack and Davis Family Orchards are a family-owned and operated by the expanded Davis family: owners Lance and Becky, their sons, Cody and Levon; daughter-in-law Kersee; Becky’s mom, Barbara Bonderud; and grandson, Corbin.

When the Davis family moved here 15 years ago, they started selling peaches for extra money, taking loads to Steamboat. Next came the decision to put in their own orchards and sell their peaches at out-of-town markets.

While packing peaches to take to markets in their garage, people stopped by, wanting to buy some. So they added another orchard. Then, in 2011, Nana’s (Becky) Fruit and Jam Shack opened filled with peach jams, jellies and other peachy items. “The rest is history, everyone calls me Nana!” Becky says. But it’s her mom, Barbara, who tends the store and loves it.


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