Farmer’s Market Finds: Peaches

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds—a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week to week. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on. Then we’ll share some of our favorite recipes to try out at home. This week, we’re focusing on peaches.

Peaches aren’t just for snacking (although we highly recommend eating them out of hand). This juicy fruit is a luscious addition to any homemade dish, from dinner to dessert. Peaches peak from July to September, making them a summertime staple. When searching for the perfect peach, don't squeeze too hard or you could bruise their tender flesh. The riper they get, the sweeter and juicier they’ll be. A lighter, more yellow peach means that it’s not yet fully ripe, so wait until it achieves a darker, more orange-red shade. If the peach in your hand doesn’t smell like much, the flavor will be underdeveloped. They should smell sweet and, well, kinda peachy. 


Peaches and Cream Tart

Photo by Mikkel Vang

There’s nothing like the sweet summer combination of peaches and cream. Vanilla wafers make up the base of the crust, filled with a creamy center, and topped with fresh, juicy peaches. It's the perfect way to end a meal of grilled fish and vegetables. 

Get the recipe: Peaches and Cream Tart


Peach and Ginger Shrub

Photo by Daniel Agee

You can have your peaches and drink them, too. A shrub is a fruit-flavored vinegar that’s mixed with alcohol and/or soda. Peaches are the perfect addition to this blend, adding a hint of natural sweetness and mellowing the gin. 

Get the recipe: Peach and Ginger Shrub


Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches

Photo by Con Poulos

Pork chops and peaches? Trust us, you'll be making this again and again. Peaches cooked with onion and white wine vinegar is an unexpectedly delicious addition to roasted pork chops. 

Get the recipe: Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches


Mini Spiced Rum Peach Pies

Photo by Sarah Karnasiewicz

These mini pies are the solution for when you’re stuffed after dinner, but still craving a fruity dessert. Sink your teeth into the baked, gooey peaches with the delicate crunch of the flaky pastry shell. The best part? These six mini pies will be ready in only an hour.

Get the recipe: Mini Spiced Rum Peach Pies


Peach Ricotta Tart

Photo by James Baigrie

This tart blows is like a fruit and cheese platter baked into one. Think of it as a tender peach pizza, served with a side of sweetened ricotta to satisfy even the most persistent peach cravings.

Get the recipe: Peach Ricotta Tart