Abundance at the North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park

Rows of fresh peaches fill the Woolf Farms table at the Crocker Park farmers market.

The abundance of summer is here! Remember that rough, wet spring we had? Neither do we now that the farmers market at Crocker Park is bursting with fresh produce like sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, zesty peppers, crisp greens, wholesome squash, juicy melons and so much more! 

One fruit is really thriving this time of year – peaches! Peaches are low in calories and high in fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Peaches can be the "clingstone" variety (the flesh sticks to the stone) or "freestone" (the stone is easily separated from the flesh). 

Freestone peaches are great for canning and cooking because they are easily sliced from the stone. Dale Woolf from Woolf Farms and Sally Smith from Smith’s Fruit Farm will be at the market and are on-hand to help you pick out the best variety for preparing your peaches.

Try this recipe for an easy peach cobbler:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar, divided

1 tablespoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk

4 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (about 6 large peaches)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cinnamon and sugar.

Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter in a 13x9 inch baking dish. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).

Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; Pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream.

The North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park is held every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The market accepts SNAP/EBT benefits. Stop by the Market Information Tent for details. In addition, the market participates in the EBT Incentive Program of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition. SNAP recipients who spend $5 or more will receive an additional $5 to spend at the market on eligible items. The customer is eligible to receive this incentive each week they visit the market.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.23.2011