Urban Garden Denver Blog



Urban Gardener goes Pioneer

It’s harvest season in my little urban garden, and our dwarf peach tree has had a record harvest. My daughter and I picked the tree clean on Friday; our overall harvest was at least double what I showed in the picture last week. So one evening I went around the neighborhood spreading peach cheer to any neighbor who was home. I even offered some to a lady walking her dog, but she didn’t take me up on the offer of fresh, ripe peaches. Since then I have made more salsa, freezer jam, had fresh peaches over pound cake with amaretto and whipped cream, frozen peaches, made a pie, and made smoothies. My daughter made grilled peach soup and her friends came over for peach milkshakes. And of course, I have eaten fresh peaches with yogurt and cereal each morning. Today I am starting some peach vinegar (infusing vinegar with peaches and rosemary) – that sounds lovely for a salad dressing. I am also contemplating making peach chutney with the end of the harvest.

Peach Freezer Jam

I think I am reveling in the peaches because they are such a lovely taste of summer, fresh, juicy and wonderful. And this summer hasn’t been our best in Colorado, with bad news and record heat. But at least the peaches are tasty – a simple pleasure, enjoying the fruit of the harvest.

I have also been reluctant to let any peaches go to waste. I probably should have shared some with a food pantry, but they were so ripe and perishable, I wasn’t sure about that. If I had an apple tree, that would definitely be a good way to share produce, as they aren’t as perishable. About mid-way through the processing of all these peaches, I was sort of sick of seeing peaches on the counter. But then I rallied, tried some new recipes and enjoyed sharing peaches. All this bounty makes me consider other ways to have fresh food; I am even contemplating bringing back a box of blueberries when I go to the Puget Sound area for a wedding next month … they are even easier than peaches to process and freeze!

I watered the peach tree well this morning, thankful for its contribution to my urban garden.

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  1. * Karen says:

    Wow! All of those recipes sound amazing, especially the grilled peach soup. Thanks for sharing your peach with me at lunch today. It was delicious. 🙂

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