Celebrate Canning Season with these 3 Easy Recipes

Apex Orchards


Apex has been owned and cared for by the same family for seven generations. Abner Peck Sr., of the first generation of growers, arrived in Shelburne, MA from Lyme, CT in 1828 and purchased the land which is now known as Apex Orchards. He was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and his ancestors arrived in the United States in 1634.


Today Apex Orchards grows a wide array of tree fruits, including apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, quince, pears, Asian pears, blueberries, table grapes and kiwi. We plan on adding additional fruit in the future. We pride ourselves in the diversity of fruit that we sell. We think you’ll be impressed too! Our fruit is sold in stores throughout the local area, at farmers markets, and of course, right here at our farm store. Western Massachusetts is without a doubt one of the top fruit growing regions in the world. The soil, the micro-climate, and the varieties all combine to give our customers the best tasting fruit possible.


Learn more about their history here: http://apexorchards.com/history/


Peach BBQ Sauce




*finished jam, butter and sauce not sold in store

How-to Peach BBQ Recipe Using Local Peaches from River Valley Co-op on Vimeo.

Peach BBQ Recipe Recipe


  1. Cut an X in bottom of each peach, then blanch in a medium saucepan of boiling water 10 seconds. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice and cold water and cool. Peel peaches and coarsely chop.
  2. Cook onion, jalapeño, and a pinch of kosher salt in oil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 to 10 minutesutes. Add peaches and remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peaches are very tender, about 30 minutesutes.
  3. Purée in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids).


Reference: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/peach-barbecue-sauce-23891


Peach and Basil Jam


Peach and Basil Jam Recipe


  1. Select Peaches and Chop
  2. Select Basil
  3. Heat sliced peaches and add sugar
  4. Stir and let simmer for about an hour 
  5. Remove from heat and pour into jar
  6. add basil into mixture


Reference: http://thefrugalchicken.com/peaches-basil-jam-recipe/




Peach Butter Recipe



Peach Butter Recipe


  1. In a large, heavy-bottom pot, stir together the peaches, spices and honey. 
  2. Cook over low-medium heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, for about 45 minutes, until the peaches begin to break down. 
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the peaches until smooth. (A regular blender can be used, blending the peaches in small batches.) 
  4. Cook the peach puree another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and spreadable. 
  5. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  6. Pour into mason jar or sturdy plastic containers, cover and refrigerate. 


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