5 Facts About Peaches

It’s the last day of National Peach Month, and we’ve got some fun facts about peaches for you!

5 facts about peaches

Caramelized Peaches Recipe

We love homemade ice cream! We actually love it so much that we occasionally make it at the HMC Farms office. Something about homemade vanilla ice cream on a hot day just makes everything better, but we like to elevate our ice cream just a bit with the topping we can’t live without: caramelized peaches.

This recipe is enough for about 14-16 bowls of ice cream.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 large HMC Farms peaches
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Start by slicing or chopping your HMC Farms peaches, discarding the pits. Place the peaches in a bowl and mix in the fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and cinnamon.

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a skillet on medium heat. Once the butter has melted and combined with the sugar, add the peaches and increase to medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.

When the juice from the peaches, butter, and sugar have reduced into a thicker consistency, remove the pan from heat and let it stand a little before serving.

Tips:

Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to split this into 2 different batches, the peaches should not be more than 2 pieces deep when putting them in the pan to cook.

Warm peaches are delicious, but if they are too hot they will melt the ice cream rapidly. Let the peaches stand a bit to cool before using them as topping for your ice cream.

Peaches straight from the pan are hot! When taste testing, let the peaches cool slightly to avoid burning your mouth.

If ice cream isn’t your thing, caramelized peaches can also be added to yogurt.

HMC News – August 28, 2019

Drew and Alex from our HMC Farms grape team recently took a trip to Murcia, Spain, to visit the Sheehan Genetics grape breeding facility. The trip enabled Drew and Alex to explore the new varieties in development at Sheehan, some of which will soon arrive to the United States to be planted. We continuously search for new varieties with the best flavor and eating quality, which also fit into certain time frames during our grape harvest season. The trip was very informative, and we are excited for what the future will bring!

Crop Update

Harvest remains ongoing for HMC Farms peaches, plums, nectarines, and table grapes. Krissy and Scarlet Royal red seedless table grapes are in harvest, with Timco harvesting soon. Ivory green seedless table grapes are in harvest, with Great Green harvesting soon. The forecast shows peak temperatures mostly in the high 90s, with overnight lows in the mid 60s.

Vanilla Peach Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

Hot summer days call for frozen treats. HMC Farms peaches are in the peak of harvest in California’s Central Valley, so we try to include them in everything possible from baked goods to smoothies. One of our new favorite ways to use peaches is in peach smoothie pops, made with simple ingredients. These can be made using popsicle molds or popsicle bags.

What you’ll need for 8 pops:

  • 4 medium HMC Farms peaches
  • 2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Honey

3 steps to homemade peach smoothie pops:

  • Start by peeling the peaches and removing the pit.
    Tip: Many of our HMC Farms peaches are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit.
  • Add peaches, yogurt, and a drizzle of honey to a blender, and puree until smooth.
  • Scoop pureed mix into popsicle molds or bags and put in the freezer for at least 4 hours, until frozen solid.

Peach Salsa Recipe

There’s something wonderful about combining sweet and spicy foods. We love peach salsa because it is not only fantastic on chips, but as a topping for chicken, fish, and a number of other dishes. Our recipe for peach salsa can be made with HMC Farms yellow or white peaches, depending on your personal preference. This recipe is also great made with HMC Farms nectarines in place of peaches.

What you’ll need for 4 cups of salsa:

  • 3 medium HMC Farms peaches, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, minced
  • ½ a large red bell pepper (or 1 mini red bell pepper), diced
  • 2-3 jalapeños, diced
  • Small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper

Steps to peachy salsa goodness:

  • Start by chopping the peaches. Removing the peach skin is optional, but not necessary.
    Tip: Many of our HMC Farms peaches are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit.
  • Mince the red onion, dice the jalapeños and bell pepper, and chop the cilantro.
    Tip: For spicy salsa, use the whole jalapeño (minus the stem). For mild or medium salsa, remove the seeds and veins before dicing the jalapeños).
  • Combine all cut ingredients in a bowl. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir gently and let sit, preferably for about an hour, in order to let the flavors combine.

Show us your salsa! Tag HMC Farms in your peach salsa photos on Instagram (@hmcfarms) and Facebook (@HMCfarmsKingsburg).

HMC News – August 14, 2019

HMC Farms has a strong relationship with the California Association of Food Banks and the Farm to Family program. Each year, we donate hundreds of thousands of pounds of fruit to help feed hungry families in our state. In 2018, HMC Farms donated more than 500,000 pounds of fruit to the Farm to Family program.

Crop Update:

Harvest remains ongoing for HMC Farms peaches, plums, nectarines, Flame red seedless table grapes and Ivory green seedless table grapes. Krissy red seedless table grapes are now in harvest as well. Our peach and nectarine harvest season is about 2/3 complete at this point. The forecast shows highs of 105° or higher for the next few days before dropping into the mid to high 90s.

Peach Oat Muffins Recipe, as Seen on Indy Style Morning Show

Peaches make a great addition to baked goods from breakfast to dessert. One of our go-to breakfast recipes at HMC Farms is for peach oat muffins. These muffins are a great way to incorporate HMC Farms peaches into your breakfast, and they’re easy to make. This recipe makes about 10 muffins, so you won’t have to recruit a soccer team to help you eat them. You may have watched Lori Taylor from The Produce Moms demonstrate our recipe on the Indy Style morning show. If not, you can watch the segment here.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium HMC Farms peaches
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar, packed (dark brown sugar will also work)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Steps to homemade muffin deliciousness:

  • Preheat the oven to 400° and either line a muffin pan with paper liners, or lightly grease the muffin wells.
  • Chop the HMC Farms peaches into small to medium chunks. There is no need to peel the peaches unless you prefer to do so.
    Tip: Chop peaches in the summer and freeze them to use in muffins during the fall and winter months.
  • Combine all dry ingredients except for the cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl (oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt).
  • In another bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the Greek yogurt and butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until combined well.
  • Gently mix the chopped peaches into the dough.
  • Scoop batter into the muffin pan, leaving 2 wells empty. These will not rise much, so fill them up to about the size you’d like them to be once they’re baked.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle over the top, using as much or as little as you’d like.
    Tip: for a fun twist, fill the wells halfway, add some of the cinnamon & sugar mixture, and top with more batter.
  • Bake for 20-26 minutes, checking every few minutes. The muffins are finished when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack until ready to serve!

HMC News – July 31, 2019

We are just coming off of a jump from temperatures in the 90s to a ten day stretch of temperatures reaching highs over 100 degrees, at least half of which were 105° or beyond. The heat wave peaked on Sunday, as temperatures hit up to 110° in some places on our farms. Extended periods of high heat can have a significant impact on our crops, especially when overnight lows don’t dip down enough to give our trees and vines some relief. We typically like the overnight lows to be in the mid 60s or below during the summer to allow for color and sugar development. A heat wave like this slows our production, increases stress on trees and vines, and reduces our harvest to half days because it’s too hot for crews to harvest.

Crop Update

Harvest remains ongoing for HMC Farms peaches, plums, nectarines, and Flame red seedless table grapes. Ivory green seedless table grapes are on track to begin harvest soon. The forecast shows highs dipping slightly to the high 90s for a few days before popping back up into the 100s over the weekend for another five days.

White Peach Sangria Recipe

Summer has arrived, and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one! There’s nothing better than sitting by the pool with a cold drink in hand on a hot summer day. Like any good farmers, we like to incorporate our HMC Farms fruit into all kinds of food and beverages. Here’s one of our summer favorites: sparkling white peach sangria.

This is an adult beverage, but a modified version could be made with sparkling water instead of the alcoholic beverages in our recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 or more HMC Farms white peaches (more fruit = more flavor!)
  • 2 small clamshells of raspberries (or about 2 cups)
  • 1 bottle of white wine (we used pinot grigio, but sauvignon blanc would also work)
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne
  • 1 cup of peach schnapps

It’s best to start the process the day before serving, but if that ship has sailed, you can start a few hours before you plan to serve the sangria.

Begin by chopping the HMC Farms white peaches into small to medium sized chunks. Put the chopped peaches and raspberries into a pitcher, and add the white wine and peach schnapps – let this mixture sit overnight (or at least for a few hours). Add the Prosecco just before serving, and enjoy!

 

 

Please enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly.

HMC News – July 24, 2019

HMC Farms employees and their families volunteered at the Central California Food Bank’s new distribution center in Fresno last week. The Central California Food Bank covers five different counties, and serves more than 280,000 people each month. While HMC Farms donates regularly to local food banks, it was nice for employees to get a more in-depth understanding of the functions of the food bank at this event. The volunteers joined forces to create 600 food boxes for distribution to hungry families, and even had the opportunity to see the McClarty Family Training Room, named for a donation made by the McClarty Family Foundation.

Crop Update:

Harvest continues for HMC Farms peaches, plums, nectarines, and red table grapes. Ivory green seedless table grapes will begin harvest within the next week. The forecast shows a lot of hot and sunny days in the week ahead, with a sweltering ten day stretch of highs over 100°.