It’s spring here in Northern Michigan but it definitely doesn’t feel like it! Many of us northerners are honestly overwhelmed with the spring snow storms. We are in that odd spring lull. The ski hills just closed this past weekend because well, it’s spring. You can’t ice fish or snowmobile right now either because of the weather. It’s just that odd time of year where we are all waiting for the weather to warm up so we can get the boats out and head out onto the lake!
With the winter weather slowly subsiding, I start thinking a head to warmer weather which means farmers markets, u-ick berries and fresh summer peaches. Nothing beats fresh fruit during the summer months and Michigan has a bounty of farms and farmers markets.
Michigan doesn’t stand out as a a major producer or peaches but it is a hidden gem that many people probably don’t know about.
5 Facts About Michigan Peaches
- Michigan produced 16,700 tons of peaches that were worth more than $12 million in 2009
- The majority of Michigan peaches are grown close to lake Michigan on the southwest area of the state
- Peaches are a good source of vitamin A, C and potassium
- The most popular variety of Michigan peaches include: Michigan Flamin’ Fury, Stellar and the Red Haven
- Peaches are relatively low in calories and make the perfect after dinner sweet treat
*For more information regarding Michigan peaches, head over here.
Do you love cobbler? My family and I are definitely a pie and cobbler loving family. I’d take cobbler or pie over chocolate any day. My favorite peach cobbler recipe includes blueberries. Nothing beats a fresh peach and blueberry cobbler after dinner on a warm summer evening. This past weekend, I made a yummy peach cobbler and the kids gobbled it up.
Peach Cobbler Recipe
- 2 C. fresh or canned peaches
- 2 tbsp. + 1 C. granulated sugar
- 1/2 C. butter, melted
- 1 C. flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread the peaches in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish.
- Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar over the top of the peaches.
- In a separate dish, combine the melted butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, vanilla extract and egg.
- Slowly fold in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Spread the mixture over the top of the peaches.
- Bake 30-35 minutes.
- Remove form the oven and let cool.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream (optional)