Apples, peaches, pears and plums,
that is what in August comes.
Apricots, Nectarines, and soon hazelnuts
all grace area farmers markets
All good things that come from a tree
harvested most carefully
from willing farmer’s hands to yours
a bounty crop you shouldn’t ignore
The end of summer is a great time of year. Still plenty of warm days, but the nights are beginning to cool off. School bells are set to ring and vacations are something of memory. There is just enough time left to hit the beach once or twice more, and maybe stock up at area farmers markets for school lunches.
In fact, it is a busy time of year for farmers. Harvests are being reaped in just about everything. If you are keen to capture the bounty, now is the time to do it. Freeze those peaches. Can them pears. Eat plenty of apricots before they disappear. Looking to do more than that? How about try out one of these seasonal recipes with some of Ontario’s available fruit tree crops.
Seasonal Recipes from Local Trees
- Bacon Apple Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Maple-Braised Apples and Pork
- Fresh Apricot Cobbler
- Homemade Canned Juice (Peach, Nectarine, Plum, Pluot or Apricot)
- Hazelnut macaroons
- Cheesecake in a Jar (with grilled honey fruit [peaches or nectarines])
- Peachy Grilled Salmon Fillet
- Roasted Ontario Pear, Shallot and cumin tartlets
- Warm Pear and Hazelnut Salad
- Black Plum Tart
Do you have a favourite recipe that includes fresh Ontario tree fruits?
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