We are currently in the process of placing vine cover on our late season grape varieties. Vine cover protects grapes from early rain in September and October. The timing of the cover placement is important because we don’t want to cover the vines in very hot temperatures and trap heat around the grapes, but we also want to protect the grapes from rainfall as early as possible. We normally begin covering our grape vines in early to mid September, when we begin to see chances of precipitation in the forecast.
Harvest continues to slow for HMC Farms tree fruit. Table grape harvest is in full swing. Timco red seedless grapes have begun harvest. Allison red seedless and Autumn King green seedless grapes will harvest soon. The weather on our farms has jumped back into the 90s for a few days, but the forecast shows a progressive drop in high temperatures, putting highs in the 70s to start next week.
Stone fruit harvest is beginning to slow down at HMC Farms, so we are squeezing in as many ways to enjoy our delicious bounty as possible. One of our favorite quick and easy recipes for a dessert that’s sure to impress is a stone fruit galette. If you haven’t heard of a galette, it’s similar to an open-faced pie. It can be made using a single type of stone fruit, like peaches, or a variety of your favorites. In this case, we used peaches, nectarines, and plums to make a mixed fruit galette.
This recipe was featured on the Indy Style morning show by Lori Taylor from The Produce Moms. If you missed the episode, click here to watch how easy it is to make this crowd-pleasing dessert or brunch addition.
What you’ll need:
- 6-8 pieces of HMC Farms peaches, nectarines, plums, plumcots, or summerwhites
- Pie crust (pre made crust works just fine, but you can also make it from scratch)
- 1/3 cup of sugar + 1 Tbsp for sprinkling (raw sugar can be used here)
- 1 Tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1-2 Tbsp flour or cornstarch to thicken the filling
- Beaten egg or cream for the edges of the crust
Steps to the easiest impressive dessert you’ve ever made:
- Preheat the oven to 375° and roll out pie crust on parchment paper on top of baking pan or stone.
- Slice the HMC Farms fruit.
Tip: A lot of our HMC Farms peaches and nectarines 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. These larger pieces can be sliced more easily that trying to separate each slice from the pit individually.
- Combine all ingredients (except for the egg or cream wash and the 1Tbsp of sugar) in a large bowl and gently stir.
- Place the mixture from the bowl in the center of the pie crust.
- Fold the crust in about 2” in overlapping pieces to create a pleated look.
- Brush the top edges of the crust with the cream or beaten egg, and sprinkle the remaining sugar on it.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, checking every 5-10 min beginning at 30 min.
Tip: some of the juices will run out from the galette in the oven. Don’t be alarmed by this, but do prepare in order to prevent a mess in the bottom of your oven..
- Remove galette from the oven and cool on a rack.
Holiday plums are here! We wait all year for this HMC Farms proprietary red plum that has green undertones, speckled skin, and a sweet and distinctive flavor. Contact your HMC Farms salesperson for more information on availability.
Harvest is slowing for HMC Farms tree fruit. Scarlet Royal and Krissy red seedless table grapes and Autumn King green seedless table grapes are in harvest. Timco and Allison red seedless grapes will harvest soon. The forecast shows high temperatures ranging from the low 80s to the low 90s. We are closely monitoring any chances of early rain, which tend to pop up in the second half of September.
HMC Farms just won the Buyer’s Choice Award with our new SpongeBob™ and PAW Patrol™ grape multipacks at the California Food Expo! For more information on these products, contact Chelsea: firstname.lastname@example.org. These products will be in the Fresh Ideas Showcase at PMA Fresh Summit, where HMC Farms will be present at booth #3079. Contact your HMC Farms salesperson if you’d like to schedule a time to meet at PMA regarding this or other topics.
Harvest is slowing for HMC Farms tree fruit. Holiday plums are now available! Krissy and Scarlet Royal red seedless table grapes, and Great Green green seedless table grapes are in harvest. Timco and Allison red seedless and Autumn King green seedless grapes will harvest soon. The forecast shows fluctuating temperatures. At this point in the year, we have to watch out for chances of early rain.
HMC Farms is competing in the California Food Expo’s Golden State Award with our new SpongeBob™ and PAW Patrol™ grape multipacks. This award is based on social media likes on the product photo on Instagram and Facebook. Help us win by liking the photo on both platforms! For more information on how to purchase these products, contact Chelsea: email@example.com.
Harvest is slowing down a bit for HMC Farms peaches, plums, and nectarines. Table grape harvest continues with Krissy and Scarlet Royal red seedless table grapes, and Ivory and Great Green green seedless table grapes in harvest. Timco red seedless grapes will harvest soon, followed by Allison red seedless and Autumn King green seedless grape harvest beginning near the end of the month. The forecast shows a few more hot days, with a break in the heat over the weekend and into next week.
It’s the last day of National Peach Month, and we’ve got some fun facts about peaches for you!
Click here to download the PDF version of 5 facts about peaches.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Scarlet Royal grapes are now in harvest. This mid-season red seedless table grape is oval in shape, with a sweet flavor and firm texture. Contact your HMC Farms salesperson for more information on pack styles and availability.
Harvest remains ongoing for HMC Farms peaches, plums, nectarines, and table grapes. We’ve got about a month and a half left of stone fruit harvest, with grapes in harvest until Christmas. The red seedless table grape varieties currently in harvest are Krissy and Scarlet Royal. The green seedless table grape varieties currently in harvest are Ivory and Great Green. The forecast shows more highs above 100° to finish this week and begin the next. At this point, we’ve had 11 days of highs reaching 100° or hotter this month.
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).