peaches (Medium)

We bought a bushel of peaches tonight from a man who lives up the road from us. Actually, half a bushel is for us, the other half was for my Mother-In-Law. They are beautiful peaches too, just picked yesterday! And boy, let me tell you, the flavor is outstanding.

I plan on canning them this week. My kids eat a ton of canned peaches, it’ll be nice having some that were locally grown. I wish I could have gotten more, but our budget only allowed for what we got. The man was selling them for $22 per half bushel. I wasn’t sure if that was a good deal at first or not, it sounded pretty high to me. Really, I didn’t know how many peaches came to a bushel, so when we got home we counted them out. The man was generous with what he gave us. There were 116 med-large peaches. I looked it up, and an average bushel of peaches weighs 50 lbs. I think ours was closer to 60 lbs. So, I think we got a pretty good deal; still cheaper (and better!) than the grocery stores.

But on top of that, he also let us pick all of the raspberries we could find from his raspberry bushes, and he sent us home with two watermelons from his garden. He apologized that I wasn’t able to get more raspberries, as somebody just came yesterday and cleaned him out. But he welcomed me to come back again soon as more berries will be coming in. (I think he was so generous to us ’cause I brought him some cookies, *grin*.) I will definitely be taking him up on his offer! I was able to scrounge up about four cups of berries, so we’ll be enjoying them tomorrow. I think the kids probably ate a couple of cups worth of berries right off of the bushes too!

This will be my first attempt at canning peaches. I’ll be sure to post a recipe and “how to” when I’ve got them all finished up. I’m wondering if I can save the pits and grow my own peach trees from them. Any ideas?

Here are some peach measurements for you, for future reference:

  • One bushel = about 50 pounds of peaches
  • One pound of peaches = 3 medium or 2 large peaches
  • One pound = about 4 cups sliced peaches
  • About 10 peaches will make a 9 inch pie.
  • One bushel = about 12 quarts of canned peaches (from what I’ve read)
  • A peck is a quarter of a bushel

So, what is your favorite way to enjoy fresh peaches?? My husband votes for homemade peach ice cream!