Summer Is Here At The North Union Farmers Market In Lakewood

Rows of sweet peaches line Woolf Farms' table at the market.

The abundance of August is here! Remember that rough, wet spring we had? Neither do we, now that the market is bursting with fresh produce like sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, zesty peppers, crisp greens, wholesome squash, juicy melons and so much more! One fruit that is really thriving this time of year: PEACHES! Peaches are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. Peaches can be clingstone (the flesh sticks to the stone) or freestone (the stone is easily separated from the flesh). Freestone peaches are great for canning and cooking because they are easily sliced from the stone. Buster Woolf from Woolf Farms and Sally Smith from Smith’s Fruit Farm will be at the market and are on hand to help you pick out the best variety for preparing your peaches. Try this recipe for an easy peach cobbler:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar, divided

1 tablespoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk

4 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (about 6 large peaches)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cinnamon and sugar.

Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in a 13" x 9" baking dish. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).

Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; Pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream. YUM!

The North Union Farmers Market in Lakewood is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 14, in front of Kauffman Park on the Arthur Avenue extension. North Union is pleased to announce that we accept SNAP/EBT benefits at the market. Stop by the Market Information Tent for details. In addition, the market participates in the EBT Incentive Program of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition. SNAP recipients who spend $5 or more will receive an additional $5 to spend at the market on eligible items. The customer is eligible to receive this incentive each week that they visit the market.

Tiffany Leeper

North Union Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization with the mission to champion the local foods of Northeast Ohio and promote their environmental, economic and health benefits by connecting certified producers with consumers through a network of markets. Our Lakewood Market opened in 1999 and is held every Wednesday, June through September.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 1:16 PM, 08.09.2011