I LOVE going to the farmer’s market. Usually by the end of the fall, I’m kicking myself for not having gone more often. We’re fortunate where we live because we have plenty of farmers’ markets and pop-up fruit and vegetable stands nearby.
Local is good
There’s one Farmers’ market in particular that makes me extra happy. It’s the 19th Ave Farmers’ Market and it’s an outdoor market. This market sells fruits and vegetables from local growers as well as local honey and fresh baked goods. As much as I like a good road trip, I prefer that my produce travel a little less 🙂
I love roaming around the market, even if I’m only there to pick up one thing. …and did I mention the fresh baked goods? Mmm!
What’s in season?
I stopped by the market just this week to see what goodies they had on hand. Peppers, zucchinis, mushrooms, eggplant, etc. Grilling immediately came to mind… so I picked up a little of each (stay tuned for grilled vegetables in an upcoming post). But, I was also in the mood for something sweet and fresh. I turned my head and baskets of gorgeous local peaches caught my eye. That was it! I selected a basket and headed home (yes, by car. I know…I know…don’t judge…we’re trying).
The peaches were already ripe enough to eat when I brought them home, but I let them ripen just a couple of days more for that extra little bit of sweetness. Some of them I ate, but I still wanted some form of dessert from these.
Since it’s so hot these days, I first thought to make a nice cold smoothie with our new amazing Blendtec Designer 675. then I thought, why not take it a step further and make some popsicles to help us cool off. I kept this recipe very simple with only three ingredients. Obviously the peaches were the base flavour, I then added some almond milk for a little creaminess and topped it off with a little bit of pure maple syrup. Cue the power house blender, and voila! It was cold, a little creamy, dairy free, delicious and pretty healthy to boot!
Visit a Farmers’ Market this weekend, buy something local, and always eat well, friends!
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- 3 cups fresh and very ripe peaches (but not bruised), quartered and peeled
- 1 cup almond milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Pour the almond milk, maple syrup and peaches in the blender jar, in this order.
- Run the blender on the smoothie setting or on high for 60 seconds.
- Pour the mix in the popsicle moulds.
- Place in the "sticks".
- Place the moulds in the freezer and leave them there for at least two hours.
- You can run a little hot water over the moulds to help pull out the peachsicles if they're stuck.