With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Peach Time in the Garden State

Friday, August 28, 2009

Peach Time in the Garden State

If it's August in South Jersey, it's peach time. My cousins family used to own peach and apple orchards in Mullica Hill. Though those orchards are now sprawling homes the memory of delightful bushels of sweet, fragrant peaches linger on. Peach pie is probably my favorite but cobblers, muffins, jam and ice-cream are much enjoyed too.
Peach recipes abound, but here is a simple not-too-sweet cobbler that just beckons for a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and someone special to share it with.


1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbs. cornstarch
4 cups peeled peach slices
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup flour
1 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. butter, softened
1/2 cup milk

Heat oven to 400.
Blend 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Stir in peaches and lemon juice. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Pour into ungreased 2-qt casserole. Keep fruit mixture hot in oven while preparing biscuit topping.

Measure flour, 1 Tbs. sugar, baking powder and salt into bowl. Add butter and cut through with knives. Add milk and stir just until moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto hot fruit.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.

A few Facts about NJ Agriculture

* New Jersey produces five major fruit berry crops. They are apples, blueberries,
cranberries, peaches and strawberries.

* New Jersey ranks 2nd in the nation in blueberry production growing 38 million pounds of berries each year.

*The state is also 3rd in the nation in cranberry production
and 4th in peach production.

*Gloucester County grew 36 million pounds of peaches in 2000. This was 55% of all the peaches grown in the state.

*New Jersey farmers planted 3,600 acres of bell peppers in 2000 and are ranked 3rd in the nation for the production of the vegetable.

*New Jersey also grows potatoes, peaches, tomatoes, corn, hay, and soybeans.

*New Jersey has 832,600 acres in farmland.

*The average size farm is 91 acres.

*The market value of agricultural products sold in the state in 2001 was $697,380,000.


Laura said...

Peach Cobbler is my absolute favorite.

I have even made it with canned peaches when we have a craving.

Your blog looks beautiful as usual-


Mildred said...

That cobbler looks delicious. I just ate the last fresh peach from the orchard in Ellijay that we bought last weekend. Might need to buy more and try this recipe!!!

Tara said...

I LOVE PEACHES! YUM! The cobbler looks deeelicious.
Cool facts about NJ. My dad was born and raised in NJ. He is the last of 9 brothers and sisters, so we haven't been back there in a very long time.
Have a blessed weekend.
Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! HUGS

Janice said...

Wow that Peach Cobbler looks really yummy. We have to import peaches, but I just got some Victoria Plums that were grown in the south of England yesterday. We will be having them poached and served with rice pudding. Don't you just love fruit?

crochet lady said...

Peach pie is my favorite! I bought a few peaches at the store, but don't think they be as nice as the specimens you have.

I think I will make your peach cobbler recipe this afternoon, I thought about pie, but that felt like too much work. Thanks for sharing!

I didn't know NJ was such a farming state.

Bethany said...

What a yummy looking cobbler. I am sorry it has been so long since I stopped by. Hopefully future visits will be more often! Have a spectacular week!

Karen said...

Mother used to make peach cobbler. Oh, it was good! I never thought of NJ as an agricultural state. Those facts were interesting!


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