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Peach season in Maine + peach-based desserts

italianices Aug 8, 2013 10:46 AM

Everybody gets excited about wild blueberries in Maine during this time of year (and rightly so), but what about peaches? Does anyone know whether the peak season for peaches has begun yet in Maine, and how long it's expected to last?

On top of that, can anyone recommend places in the state which serve desserts such as pies, cobblers, and ice cream that are made with fresh Maine peaches? The only one I know of is the fresh peach shortcake at the Ebb Tide Restaurant in Boothbay Harbor.

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    bobbert Aug 8, 2013 02:24 PM

    I didn't know we had a peach season. Actually, I've only rarely seen local peaches. Lots of apples. Not so many peaches.

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    1. re: bobbert
      italianices Aug 8, 2013 04:01 PM

      Haha maybe that's why I've only rarely seen peach-based desserts during my trips to Maine!

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      sultanaboudreau Aug 8, 2013 03:38 PM

      I didn't know we had a peach season, either! I've had local red plums--which I bought in Rosemont in portland last week--small, sweet and delicious!

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        mainemal Aug 9, 2013 04:46 AM

        Actually, local peaches are becoming increasingly more common Maine as climate changes. It's early yet, however: start looking for them in farmer's markets in another 10 days - two weeks. But there's not enough of a crop for a commercial harvest, so local peaches in shortcake or similar dessert will be hard to find: perhaps the occasional pie at a stand, but not likely in a restaurant.

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        1. re: mainemal
          italianices Aug 9, 2013 06:22 AM

          Thanks so much, I really appreciate the insight. Based on your comments, it would seem that The Ebb Tide might be one of the very few restaurants in Maine that actually serve peach-based desserts.

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