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Summer Savings – Farmers Market
Have you checked your local farmers’ market yet this season? Shopping local is one of the best ways to eat fresh & healthy and to save big on produce. It also is a terrific thing to support local farming families. Summer savings – Farmers Market style is a wonderful and frugal family activity.
Farmers’ markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. In the last decade they have become a favorite marketing method for many farmers throughout the United States, and a weekly ritual for many shoppers.
In a farmers’ market, a group of farmers will gather a couple of times per week at a public place to sell their products. Some farmers’ markets have live entertainment. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to meet local farmers and get fresh, flavorful produce – and usually save big in the process!
You can find local farmers’ markets from all over on the Local Harvest site HERE.
Summer Savings – Farmers Market Recipe . . .
Make the most of your summer harvest with this delicious recipe from Build A Menu.
Blackberry Peach Crisp
- About a half dozen fresh peaches peeled and pitted and sliced
- 2 cups of fresh blackberries simply washed.
- A ½ cup of sugar…depending on the sweetness of the fruit…and another ¼ cup for the topping.
- ¾ cup of all purpose flower
- 1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 – 1½ cups of steel cut oats
- 1 cup of packed brown sugar
- A stick of butter (room temperature) for topping and ½ a stick for filling
- 1 teaspoon of good vanilla
- ¾ teaspoon of almond extract
- Honey for drizzling
- Pecans for added crunch (if desired)
- Melt the ½ stick of butter in a baking dish (9 x 13) in a 350 degree oven – enough time to allow the butter to start bubbling.
- Peel and pit peaches and slice into wedges. Tip for peeling peaches…place in boiling water for about 20 seconds then remove to an ice bath…this stops the cooking and the skin will peel right off. Note: Peeling the peaches is optional – they hold together nicely with the skin on and are much quicker to prep
- Wash blackberries and pat dry.
- Mix the two fruits together in the bubbling butter – this browns and “fries” the fruit before baking...yum! Use the ¼ cup of sugar as well if your fruits are not sweet enough to your liking. Drizzle the fruit with honey and mix in the vanilla and almond extract.
- Mix the flour, brown and white sugar, oats, and remaining butter until it resembles a coarse meal. Add a bit more butter if need be for desired consistency and pecans for additional crunch. Room temperature or melted butter will incorporate very well.
- Spread the above mixture across the peaches and blackberries and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
- Ice cream on top is highly recommended.