With summer’s heat comes peach season, and this year’s crop in Chilton County is looking promising. Buckets of peaches are already filling the shelves at Durbin Farms Market, a welcome change from last summer. Durbin Farms Market, a staple for travelers along I-65, anticipates peak peach season in mid-July, promising a bountiful harvest. 

Chilton County peaches are renowned for their quality, and there are countless ways to enjoy them. Here are 10 of our favorite ways to savor peaches: 

  1. Fresh: Bite into a ripe, juicy peach for a naturally sweet and flavorful snack. 
  1. Fruit Salad: Mix chopped peaches with strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi for a refreshing fruit salad. 
  1. Grilled Peaches: Grill peach halves until they caramelize slightly. Serve with vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of honey for a delightful dessert. 
  1. Peach Smoothie: Blend fresh or frozen peaches with yogurt, a banana, and a splash of orange juice for a creamy and nutritious smoothie. 
  1. Peach Salsa: Combine diced peaches with red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a bit of jalapeño for a sweet and tangy salsa, perfect with chips or as a topping for grilled chicken or fish. 
  1. Peach Cobbler or Crisp: Bake sliced peaches with a crumbly topping made of oats, flour, sugar, and butter for a comforting dessert. 
  1. Peach Jam or Preserves: Make homemade peach jam or preserves to spread on toast, pancakes, or use as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. 
  1. Peach Iced Tea: Brew a pot of your favorite tea and add sliced peaches for a refreshing and fruity twist. 
  1. Peaches in Savory Dishes: Incorporate sliced peaches into savory recipes like grilled peach and goat cheese salad, peach-glazed chicken, or as a topping for pork chops.  
  1. Peach Fruit Leather: Puree peaches, spread the mixture on a baking sheet, and slow cook at a low temperature to create your own peach fruit leather. 

Peaches are not only a delight for the taste buds but also a fascinating fruit with a rich history and cultural significance. Originating in ancient China, peaches have become a symbol of sweetness, vitality, and joy worldwide. So, the next time you indulge in a juicy peach, remember its unique journey and appreciate this delightful fruit.