It can be hard to feel connected to our food when we walk or drive to the grocery store and choose our meals off shelves. It is usually planted by someone else, picked by someone else, and packaged by someone else. But even without growing every piece of food we eat, we can work to fix our connection with food. One way to do this is to eat locally grown food that is in season. It creates awareness around the crops that grow in our area and are ready for harvest. It also cuts down on the amount of transport it takes the food to reach your table.
With our late summer, Ontario peaches are just reaching the end of their season. They’re fresh and juicy and available at every market on the corner. Here’s one way to make use of our wonderful peach harvest here in Ontario!
Spiced Ontario Peaches
Step 1: Buy as many peaches as you feel you can eat.
Step 2: Rinse the peaches off and cut them in half lengthwise. Twist the two sides apart and pop the pit out of one side.
Step 3: Lay the peaches, two beside each other, on a baking sheet. Place the fuzzy side of the peach down on baking sheet.
Step 4: Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over each peach. Drizzle maple syrup, or honey, over the peach. (You can add whatever spices you would like. I prefer these ones because they smell like fall and cooler weather.) There are no exact measurements-just eyeball it!
Step 5: Place the baking sheet under the broiler, turned to high. Set the timer for three minutes or until the syrup is bubbling. (It’s best to monitor the peaches when they’re under the broiler because they can burn quickly!)
Step 6: When the peaches are done, take the baking sheet out of the oven and allow to cool.
When the peaches are cool, you can eat them by themselves, on top of ice cream, or with a dollop of thick greek yogurt.