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Bumper Crops and Peach Salsa Recipe

Ann Stoll

Peach season is upon us, here at our homestead. Sounds like we have tons of peaches and maybe we do, but really, we only have two producing trees. Little did I know when I planted them 7 years ago, that they would grow quickly and produce within three years. We don't spray or do any manipulations to cause them to grow well or be insect free. As you can see in the photo, they are not perfect, but they are still delicious and I know they are safe. Nothing like being able to pick right from the tree and eat, which I do every day while I'm out doing chores in the morning.

Last year, I planted two more trees, because when trees grow quickly and begin to produce at a young age, they usually don't live very long. I'm learning that if I don't prune out branches and thin out peaches from branches, they will easily break and snap. As a matter of fact, I have some broken branches right now. The trees I planted last year, which were twigs, were full of blooms this spring, which I enjoyed, but dutifully plucked any peaches forming off of those trees. They are too young and even though they were only about four feet tall when I planted them, both are taller than me this year. Way too young to be producing. I did miss one peach and decided to leave it.

So now I must get busy putting those delicious peaches away by turning them into yummy treats for us. Tomorrow I will be canning peach salsa. I made some fresh today for dinner and I thought it was a winner. So in my classic Ann-style recipe, I shall post it below.

First bring a pot of water to a boil, place peaches in the hot water and blanch for about 30-60 seconds in order to be able to slip off the skins of the peaches. Plunge into ice cold water. Remove skins. Slice in half and twist to remove the pit.

I used about 8 cups chopped peaches

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 red onion chopped

4 seeded jalapeno peppers chopped

about 1/2 c chopped cilantro

about 1/2 c. vinegar

2 tbl honey (I will use a bit more)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! This was delicious on the tacos I made and it will be grand with corn chips. I also think it would be the bomb with fish tacos.

I will also working with many apples this year and pears. My poor pear tree is having a tough time of it and it also bending under the severe weight. Problem is, the pears aren't ready. I will have to get crafty and try to help it out. 

Having an orchard is so rewarding, but there is work. Work were you actually see results. Grandpa would be proud.