Eric, Lucas and I went and picked our own peaches and blueberries at Bush N Vine Farm in York, SC last weekend. Lucas was a surprisingly good helper. We told him just to get the big blue berries and he actually did! At one point I turned around to tell him to stop throwing blueberries out of our bucket, but he was actually getting rid of some reddish ones Eric had picked too soon.
It was a fun way to spend the afternoon, and we took home a half gallon of blueberries and a half bushel of peaches for just $18! To put that into perspective, the blueberries were $7 a half gallon, while their pre-picked berries were $16 a half gallon. Big difference! I never liked blueberries because I thought the skin was too tough and tasted gross.... then I had one of these. What a difference it makes when they haven't been shipped and sitting in a grocery store!
Besides snacking on some and sharing some with friends and neighbors, we canned the peaches and made a quart of blueberry syrup. We gave away quite a few peaches, but we were still able to can 10 pints and 2 quarts. Both making the syrup and canning the peaches were surprisingly easy! I got my blueberry syrup recipe from SimpleBites.com. It turned out every bit as delicious as the article promises, and it keeps in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Do you have yummy recipes for canned peaches? Please share! Now that we have so much, I'm going to need the help!