I finally made it out for my first farmers’ market visit of the year. I know right? It’s almost the end of July and I only went there now! And I love this place. I’m almost ashamed to admit this.
19th Avenue Farmers Market is one of my favourite spots (they aren’t paying us to talk about them, by the way). It’s not one of those fancy touristy markets (although we like those too). It’s a small family-owned place that offers mostly locally-grown produce.
Last Friday, I happened to see one of their posts about peaches, on Instagram, and decided I couldn’t let one more weekend go by without visiting them and picking up some fresh peaches. As usual, they were packed. I love watching all the people picking from their huge selection of fresh produce. I always feel zen amongst the colourful and fresh smelling produce. I wandered around but I was there with the intention of buying fresh peaches for an ice cream recipe I wanted to work on.
Only peaches. Who are we kidding 🙂
I went for peaches… I left with much more. Everything looked so good. I couldn’t leave with only peaches. By the end of my walk, I had strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cucumbers, corn, and yes, peaches. It was my lucky day too. They had a promotion.”Spend $50 and get a free tomato plant; planted and ready to grow”. If you read our last pesto post, you’ll know Liz and I don’t have green thumbs, but hey… we’ll give it a shot. We’ll let you know how things go (but really, if things don’t go well, we’ll try to forget this plant ever existed at our house… deal?).
Perfection in 3 Ingredients!
We’ve done a couple of similar recipes; coconut ice cream and strawberry ice cream. The concept is the same. You use banana as a thickener and you add flavour…and ta-da! It’s almost too easy and too good to be true… but it’s true.
To create this type of frozen dessert, you’ll need a powerful blender because you’ll be blending hard frozen fruit with very little liquid. For our recipe, we used our Blendtec Designer 675 blender; sent to us by our friends at Blendtec last year. This machine is a power-house! We use it often. If you have a minute, check out their YouTube series “Will It Blend”–they’re funny, and you’ll understand why we highly recommend their blenders. Fair warning – you might burn the motor of a weaker blender. This ice cream is not for the weak (blenders that is).
The results of this peach ice cream were all thumbs up! Liz isn’t a huge fan of fruity ice creams, but she loved this. She was pleasantly surprised. That’s all the proof I need (although I already knew this was a winner 😉
I encourage you to visit your local farmers’ market this weekend. Good luck buying only one item, though. I don’t think it’s possible. Make something delicious and healthy while supporting your local farmers. Our farmers make it easy… so go eat well, friends.
This peach ice cream tastes so good! It takes only 2 to 3 minutes to prepare and uses so few ingredients. Plus... no guilt!
- 3 cups frozen peaches, chopped
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
Place all 3 ingredients in a powerful blender and blend for 2 to 3 minutes or until all the frozen fruit pieces have disintegrated.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
We froze peaches from the farmers' market, but feel free to use store bought frozen peaches. The reason why we prefer to freeze our own, is because we control the ripeness. In this case the peaches were perfectly ripe and very sweet, which makes the end result tastier.