I love summer in Texas. I know you don’t hear many people say that, but I truly do. Not because of the heat, but because of the ways to beat it. Being a self-described foodie, I love trying out all the foods that this giant state has to offer. And trust me, there are a ton of cool things to make during the summer to cool you off.
One of my favorite summer treats is homemade ice cream, especially flavors made with fresh Texas fruit like peaches from the Hill Country.
I love making treats for Butters. As we get closer to summer, I was looking for something to make for her – something that would not only fulfill her sweet tooth, but also not make her bounce off the walls like the average four-year old does when something fun is coming soon. Unfortunately, to go along with the fun is the Texas heat. So what could I do to make the unofficial start of summer fun? How about a peach popsicle?
Sometimes, inspiration strikes at the strangest times. As I was preparing my grocery list this week, my wonderful mother-in-law stopped by with a box of very fresh, very ripe peaches. She had been to the local farmers’ market, and they gave her an amazing deal on the whole box because they were so ripe and needed to be eaten as soon as possible.
Take a drive through the Texas Hill Country in the summer and you can’t help but find fruit stands of all varieties along the farm-to-market roads.
I was recently down in the area talking with peach growers about this year’s crop, and I met Ricky Priess. He and his family operate a peach orchard in Stonewall near Fredericksburg. 2011 was a rough year for peach growers, like every other farmer in Texas, because of the drought. But after talking with Ricky, I learned that peach farmers take the good with the bad.