I am going to be honest with you, when it comes to cooking, feeding, and shopping for our family my husband does not have a clue about how to do any of this other than finding the most simplest, convenient solution as possible – interpret as you wish. This is neither a dig or a weak attempt to publicly disrespect him. This is me being honest with you – which he would agree with everything I just said. Keeping all that I just shared with you in mind, last Sunday on our way home from the park I asked him to pull the car over so we could shop the farmer’s market happening next to the road. As we both walked down the crowded rows of venders selling beautiful bouquets of wild flowers and local produce and fruit, the only fruit I was really dead set on purchasing were freshly picked ripe peaches. At nearly $3/lb I asked my husband to find 6 of the biggest and best looking ones keeping in mind he had to give them a little squeeze to make sure they were indeed ripe. As I moved on from stall to stall my husband walked up to me asking if $2/a peach seemed right to me. I looked up at him and smiled in a way that both answered his sympathetically yes. In that very moment my husband learned a valuable lesson that I have tried so many times to teach him over these many years we’ve been married. If you want to indulge in seasonal, local, sun-ripened fruit picked at its peak like peaches or strawberries than it will cost you more than the fruit that you often find for crazy cheap with 1/4 of the flavor and that likely sat in some warehouse for weeks ripening as it waited to be shipped to stores. This was the case of you get for what you paid for. A peach that was picked yesterday at its prime will not be the same as a hard peach picked weeks ago.
There is something so magical, sensual, indulgent, and memorable that happens when you bite into a perfect peach during summer. If the peach isn’t dripping down my chin bursting with sweet peachy flavor then I rather not have a peach at all. Bumping into a friend at the market he asked me what I planned to do with my peaches, guessing I was making a pie. I looked at him and said, nope… just going to enjoy eating them for the sake of how good they are. He seemed to understand my logic.
Back at home I washed and served slices of peaches to Rob and the kids. They disappeared in about 30 seconds with requests for more. One by one each person commented on how sweet and good these peaches were. As we sat there with messy chins I explained again to Rob why it’s sometimes worth paying premium on flavor alone. I didn’t feel like getting into a weighty discussion on paying premium for the sake of principle, just flavor. I know in that moment he got what I was trying to say but I’m sure it will take a few more visits for him to be sold on why I choose to shop certain foods at the market and why I don’t.
However, if you find yourself with a few deliciously amazing peaches, I want to encourage you to make this smoothie today. I know, it’s not eating it straight but this smoothie is so sweet and peachy good. I add frozen strawberries that were also picked in their prime earlier this summer and a cup of vanilla coconut milk. No added sugar. The sugar in the peaches, if they are truly prime, are so sweet, you don’t need to add any additional sugar. And for anyone who is wondering about the coconut milk, the coconut milk has 8 grams of sugar, which over 4 servings is pretty much zilch. If you are very concerned about those 2 grams, omit the vanilla coconut milk and use whatever milk or cream you want.
With only a couple days left in August, don’t wait and let this smoothie or peaches pass you by. There’s still time to relish in what nature has for us right this minute. Enjoy!
- ripe, seasonal local peaches
- frozen strawberries
- vanilla coconut milk
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For the complete recipe including ingredient amounts, please read Alice's PBS Parents column today.