The sweetness continues
The Palisade Peach Recipe Contest and Festival is over, but the peach season isn’t. We’ve moved into the September peach season, filled with luscious varieties, some old favorites and many newer ones, all with that Palisade peach taste. How sweet it is.
This good news means you have time to make some of the prize-winning recipes from the 2016 Palisade Peach Recipe Contest held last month. Congratulations to all the winners. Your entries were delicious, as evidenced by our judges’ happy faces. But I must tell you, they didn’t have an easy job, there were so many delicious entries. It’s time to get cookin’ with those recipes with the abundance of peaches still available.
After talking with many growers, I learned some may have peaches just for another week, many will through the third week of September, while others will extend into October. Phone numbers are included with the ones we heard from, and a complete list of growers is available at palisadepeachfest.com, under information. Check it out.
PLENTY OF PEACHES
Aloha Organic Fruit: Currently picking PF28-007, then PF25 and lastly O’Henry. They have weeks to go yet. 970-464-2272.
Anita’s Pantry: O’Henry, Cresthavens and Suncrest. 970-985-2282.
Just Peachy: Cresthaven and O’Henry peaches in September. May also have local nectarines. 970-464-5207
Kokopelli Farm: Peaches well into October. Fairtimes, O’Henry, September Sun, Ryan’s Son. He says the best is yet to come! Makes hand-held peach pies and smoothies. 970-464-4991
Nana’s Jam and Fruit Shack: O’Henry, Autumn Star, Angelus, PF27. Have some varieties into October. These sweet varieties, with a little bit firmer flesh, make great pies. 970-216-1636.
Mount Lincoln Peach Company: Angelus, Cresthaven and PF35 to finish out the year. 970-361-2027
Peachfork: O’Henry. 970-434-6273
Talbott’s: O’Henry, August Lady, Ryan’s Son. Probably until around Sept. 22. 970-464-5656
2016 PALISADE PEACH
RECIPE CONTEST WINNERS
Grand prize winner: Susan Barstow, New Castle — Peach Pie
Category A – Pies, Cobblers and Tarts
First place: Eileen Hart, Grand Junction — Cream Peach Pie
Second place: Deborah Samuels, Palisade — Perfect Peach Pie Surprise
Third place: Nancy Mallory, Strawn, Texas — Salted Caramel Peach Pie
Category B – Desserts
First place: Judy Alexander, Grand Junction — Peach Shortbread Delights
Second place: Dawn Carstens, Palisade — Elberta Peaches and Cream II
Third place: Jaime Woodring, Grand Junction — Peach Crepes
Category C – Sweet and Savory
First place: Kathi Hemmer, Grand Junction — Peach Relish Over Bourbon Peach Glazed Halibut
Second place: Julie Coleman, Grand Junction — Peach Mango Salsa
Third place: Henry De La Hoz, Grand Junction — Grilled Palisade Peach in Bacon
Category D – Home Canned/Preserved
First place: Julie Coleman, Grand Junction — Peach Bourbon Ginger Jam
Second place: Sue Kiser, Grand Junction — Palisade Peach Caramel Sauce
Third place: Janice Psenda, Palisade — Peach Apricot Jelly