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Good peaches in NM, Summer 2013?

  • ninrn Jul 18, 2013 06:29 AM
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Hi, Has anyone found good yellow peaches anywhere in Albuquerque or Santa Fe yet this year? My Mom's birthday is coming up and we were hoping to make her favorite peach shortcake, but haven't found any really good fresh peaches so far. Pesticide-free a plus. Thanks.

PS: Where we've already tried: La Montanita, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Albertsons. All seem only to have white peaches and those are a bit mealy and don't have much flavor. Is it an especially bad year for the peach?

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  1. FYI I just spotted this year's first good looking, fragrant peaches at Whole Foods earlier today. Still from California, hopefully the late frosts weren't enough to kill our Rocky Mountain crop...

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    1. re: finlero

      Thanks, finlero. I'll check Whole Foods again. Hope the late frost only delayed the crop in the Rocky Mtns. The last few years they've been some of the best peaches I've ever had.

      1. re: finlero

        New Mexico peaches at S Fe Whole Foods yesterday (Sunday). Signage said they were grown in Albuquerque.

      2. The Late Season freestone peaches should be arriving in markets in the next 2-3 weeks. The clingstone varieties (all early season..early June-July types) were all killed in the late April frosts. Freestones are in Season late July through Mid-September.

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        1. re: rokzane

          Ah, that explains it. Thanks very much. Must be so hard on SW peach growers.

        2. I have had [last summer most recently] good luck with Prima Peaches at Albertson's. Palisade Peaches from up by Grand Junction are always good, but haven't seen those yet.

          1. Colorado peaches yesterday at Kaune's. Bought 'em; seemed a bit small. Will report back if they "pass the taste test".

            1. Thanks everybody! NM and Colorado peaches seem to be back in full force. Not as amazing as in recent years, but nice to have them. So far the best we've had have been from the Montoya stall at the Saturday Grower's Market.

              1. Update: This last two weeks, we've been in peach heaven again. We found some of the best peaches ever (with way more fuzz than I've been used to seeing) at the Wagner Farms stall at the Saturday Grower's Market (they leave Montoya's perfectly respectable peaches in the dust) and very nearly as good peaches from Colorado at the N. Valley La Montanita Co-op.

                Also found this recipe, which has gone to the top of the must-try list: http://www.seasonalandsavory.com/2011... . -- The Flip Flop Riesling she recommends can be found at Ta Lin and many of the Sprouts stores.

                1. I know I will probably be asked to leave the boards - BUT - I have been getting absolutely delicious peaches full of flavor, juice and great texture at... sorry...WalMart. They appear to be Prima's like Alberson's sell for about 1/2 the price.

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                  1. re: DebitNM

                    Thanks, DebitNM. I have to be kind of careful of pesticides and things, so I haven't tried many conventionally grown peaches but my neighbors have been saying the same thing about WalMart peaches.

                    With all these great peaches around, has anyone had any exceptional peach desserts at any Albuquerque/Santa Fe restaurants or bakeshops?