All through the summer months and well into November, Michigan farmers provide an abundance of amazing produce. The variety of local Michigan farms make sure that our choices are varied and plentiful.

Farmers Markets are increasingly popular, and in many communities you can still buy produce from a roadside stand: Berries of all kinds, beans, peas, asparagus, greens, carrots, squash (summer and winter varieties), apples, plums, pears, peaches and tomatoes still warm from the sun (my personal favorite). Yep, eating here can be joyous.

In the Midwest, eating local Canned Peaches in the winter months can be a predominantly protein diet. The frozen ground doesn’t offer much for our tables. You can, of course, buy produce at the supermarket, and I must admit, I do. But as often as possible, I rely on my reserves from the previous seasons. In the summer I freeze, dry and can our abundant produce.

Today I happen to be pining for summer, not only because it’s a cold, snowy day in early March, but also because I’m about to open the last quart of my peaches. My friend Natalie, her four year old son and I canned 13 quarts of peaches last September….. should have made 20 quarts.

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