This column first appeared in the Hawkesbury Gazette on 4/12/13
Each year in November, my mum's kitchen bench would be covered in baskets of peaches, glowing and giving off the most beautiful fragrance. I can still remember my delight at getting stuck into those stone fruit. The first peach of the season was always the best, but I couldn't stop at one! For that first week I binged on at least three in a sitting - usually standing over the sink so the juice could just drip down my chin. That annual experience taught me what peaches should really be like - soft, juicy and eye-poppingly sweet - never crunchy and tasteless.
For me that was the beginning. I'm Jennifer. I love good food and I'll be taking over this column from David after his years of hard work for Hawkesbury Harvest. I'm trying to pass on the taste for real peaches to my kids in the same way my own mum did. Just like her, I try to buy direct from the farm. I've learnt to buy my first peaches each year from John McGuire at Enniskillen in Grose Vale. Once his sign goes up - peach season has officially begun! Any sneaky attempt I might make to cheat and buy early peaches at the supermarket is always disappointing.
Enniskillen is still selling binge-worthy local peaches; Cedar Creek Orchard in Picton will be open this Sunday morning to pick-your-own; and the season is just beginning in Bilpin so now is the time to re-discover what real peaches taste like.