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Colorado Fresh Peaches and the Perfect Jam

The Western Slope features some of the best tasting, juicy, tree ripe Colorado peaches in the United States brought fresh to you by Colorado fresh produce.

Working directly with the best orchards in Palisade, CO, peaches will be exceptionally early this year due to warm weather this spring.  Here are a few tips, and one of our favorite recipes we do every year:

Peaches can ripen by placing them in a box covered with a newspaper or in a box covered with a bag folded over.  The process should only take two to three days.  The maximum refrigerator storage time for peaches is three to four days.  Peaches don’t necessarily get a lot sweeter after being picked, but simply get softer and more edible.  To remove the skins, use a vegetable peeler (or a paring knife).  Lastly, remember to never cook peaches with the pit because it will impart a bitter taste to what you’re making.

Here is ‘s easy peach preserve:

I love to make small batches of “freeze” jam.  It’s so easy to make, and tastes fantastic!

  • 4 cups of sliced, pitted peaches
  • 3 tablespoons of Turbino sugar (natural sugar) or 4 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of absorbic/citric acid mix

Place the three items in a blender, puree.

Pour the puree into plastic freezer approved small containers, let cool, seal and freeze.

This can be used like any jelly or jam once thawed.  In fact, we’ll often go through about 6 ounces per week (as a family of 6).

(You can also substitute apricots for peaches following the same recipe).

Enjoy~

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Colorado Cherries – so sweet, so good~

Somehow, nothing says summer is almost here like a bowl of cherries.  Here’s some interesting facts about cherries I’ll bet you didn’t know:

Cherries were a favorite fruit of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese, originating in Asia Minor.  It is believe that birds brought the cherry pits to Europe, which were discovered then later planted.  As French Colonists brought cherries to America, they began to plant the pits along the Saint Lawerence River near the Great Lakes.  Now, they are grown in over 20 countries worldwide!

Cherries are best stored in the refrigerator with high humidity and placed in a plastic bag UNWASHED.  When you’re read to eat them, let them stand for about 30 minutes at room temperature to maximize flavor.  Generally speaking, cherries should last about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.  Lastly, if you freeze cherries, be sure to pit them and put them in a sealed, airtight plastic bag, or they will taste like almonds. 

Enjoy some fresh Colorado cherries brought to you by Colorado fresh produce!

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Where is the produce grown?

A majority of the vegetables are grown on the family farm in Gilcrest, Colorado.  Farming is a weather savvy venture, so to ensure your baskets are full, we do have relationships with neighboring farmers when we need to supplement our crops.

Some crops are later in the summer, but are very poplular, so we do have tomatoes grown hydroponically in a Colorado greenhouse for us until we start to pick our own three acres of field tomatoes.  Greenhouse tomatoes sometimes have a reputation as being green and flavorless, however our locally grown tomatoes are vine-ripened full of scent and amazing flavor.

They are so good you just have to try them to believe the taste and when you do, you’ll be hooked!  We also have a small crop of strawberries we supplement with premium strawberries from a small farm in California with a sweet delicious taste so close even we can’t tell the difference.  Garlic, is a later crop in Colorado, so until September we receive our pesticide-free garlic from Arizona.

We also take advantage of the State’s most popular produce by picking up the famous sweet corn from our friends in Olathe, heading to Palisade for their mouth watering tree-ripened fruit; peaches, pears, plums, apples, and we finally we truck to Rocky Ford for their famous sweet melons.

As famous as Olathe Sweet Corn is, we and many of  our customers boast ’s World Famous Sweet Corn is far better in taste.  My opinion the Olathe is bigger kernel and ships well, while our World Famous ’s Sweet Corn is a smaller and much sweeter.  I really love both!