Peachy Days

Red Haven free-stone peaches 2021

We were blessed with mucho peaches this year from our Red Haven peach tree. It was planted last year and surprised us when it produced a full 5-gallon bucket of peaches in the first year. This year our little peach tree grew in height and width and produced 10 gallons of peaches. Wow, double the harvest! It really went to town, giving us many sweet moments to savor, and many more for later in the year from our pantry.

2-year-old Red Haven peach tree ready to pick.

See how heavy the branches were with all of the fruit on them. The tree would have fallen over or it would have had broken limbs if Pete had not built supports for the limbs that were so heavily laden.

10 gallons of fresh peaches

We harvested two full 5-gallon buckets of very sweet-tasting fruit. They are not giants but are absolutely delicious. This little baby tree is a very welcome addition to our garden.

Peeled & sliced peaches in bowl.

Here is how I go about canning what we don’t eat fresh. I blanch them for 2 minutes in boiling water or less, then the skins are easily removed. Here is a bowl of the fruit peeled and ready to put into glass canning jars.

15 quarts of sliced peaches

Our little 2-year-old Red Haven peach tree blessed us with all we could eat in fresh fruit, then 15 quarts of the sweetest sliced peaches. Yummmmm. I made peach syrup for pancakes, peach jam, and sliced peaches. Our pantry is happy. 

Pies By Pete

Peach & Cherry PieMen Bake Beautifully

Here are two pies by Pete sitting on the counter. Contrary to popular belief, men are some of the best bakers on the planet. It is kind of a family joke, as I carry in one of Pete’s pies to a party or gathering. I can’t tell you how many times someone assumes that I was the one who bakes any pies that we bring to a gathering. Nope, you couldn’t be more wrong, it is Pete who does the pie baking in our house.

Today’s dessert selection looks quite tempting, The hardest thing for me is to walk past them without touching them as they are cooling. I’d like to stick my finger in both of them to try, but I don’t think anyone would appreciate it. The one on the left is called fresh peach pie and it is a custard type filling with pieces of sliced peaches in it. The one on the right is a normal good old cherry pie. Yummm!

When I met Peter he invited me to his folk’s house for a Christmas gathering potluck. I had no idea that there were 9 children in the family with all their children. It was quite overwhelming to try and meet all of them and try to keep any of their names straight. I was a bundle of nerves till we all played cards and told jokes filling the whole house with laughter together. I sure miss those big family gatherings and playing 3-13 together.

Dorothy Woelk was the best pie baker in the Spring Valley Mennonite Church. Her pies had crust that simply melts in your mouth. Perfect every time and gone in a flash always. Her son learned how to do this magical feat from her. Thank you, Dorothy!

I’m so glad I married a pie baker!