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Grand Valley restaurants, wineries & breweries use local peaches for flavor

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Talon Brand Wines is home to not only peachy wines, but a variety of peach products from around western Colorado.
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FRESH FROM THE BRANCHES

Want to bite into the juicy fruit? Grand Valley peach orchards have got you covered.

Z’s Orchard, located at 315 33 3/4 Road in Palisade, has more than 15 varieties of peaches. Catch them at the farm or at one of the local farmers’ markets throughout the week.

Talbott’s Mountain Gold, located at 3800 F 1/4 Road in Palisade, harvests more than 30 varieties of peaches. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

SunCrest Orchard , located at 3608 E 1/4 Road in Palisade, has more than 3,700 trees and many varieties of peaches.

Aloha Organic Fruit, owned by Steven and Pat Sherer, is certified organic and grows 10 varieties of peaches. The store is located at 3525 G Road in Palisade and it’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PEACH RECIPE TO TRY

Peaches are in season and there are a variety of ways to eat them, in a pie, cobbler, fresh salads, or on a pizza. With this recipe for beginners and veteran cooks alike, it yields a tasty dessert to bring to the next summer cookout.

LIZ Z’S PEACH FRUIT CRISP

Ingredients:

4 Cups peeled, sliced peaches

3/4 Cup oatmeal

1/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter

Mix together and pour over sliced fruit in an 8x8 pan.

CARMEL TOPPING

Mix together and drizzle over above layers:

3 tsp. melter butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tbsp. milk

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

SOURCE: Z’s Orchard (http://www.zsorchard.com) has several other recipes on its website using peaches or other local produce.

Grand Valley’s peach harvest is in full swing, with many local restaurants paying homage to the succulent crop with seasonal menu items. Wineries and breweries are also jumping on the bandwagon with fruity blends galore.

FOOD AND LIBATIONS

Bin 707 Foodbar (225 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction) recently partnered with High Country Orchards in Palisade to offer several peach-infused dishes. The Vanilla Bourbon HCO Peach Tart, a weekend feature, is a gluten-free, sweet treat not to be missed. And the Boudin Blanc, a dinner menu item, is described by Josh Niernberg, Bin 707’s executive chef, as a “grilled Cajun-style house-made chicken sausage, atop a succotash of corn, white beans, Field to Fork radishes, roasted peppers and HCO Peaches; it’s finished with a peach bacon jus and Blaine’s micro greens.” Also at Bin 707 are several cocktails including peaches, like the Buffalo Trace x Bin 707 Foodbar Select Whiskey: A house-made HCO peach Schrub, with muddled peaches and fresh mint.

Kannah Creek Brewing Company (1960 N. 12th St., Grand Junction) is inserting peaches into its drinks and food as well. A chicken sandwich topped with a spicy chipolte peach sauce and a peach cobbler will soon hit the menu. Add a peach blood orange margarita or a peach firkin beer with your meal. The firkin beer, set to tap at the beginning of September, is a collaboration between Cory Foster of The Bakers’ Brewery in Silverthorne, Colo., and Kannah Creek. It will be a Belgian Strong Ale named The Prickly Peach. It was brewed with Palisade peaches, prickly pear cactus, eucalyptus, and Jamaican spices.

Talon Brand Wines, which is part of St. Kathryn Cellars (785 Elberta Ave., Palisade), uses peaches to flavor its drinks, as well as the main ingredient. For instance, it uses 100-percent peach juice instead of grapes for its Peach Passion wine, which sells for $13.95 a bottle. Part of Talon Brand Wines, Meadery of the Rockies (3701 G Road, Grand Junction) additionally makes a mead called Peaches ‘n Honey, selling for $13.95 a bottle. Talon Brand’s tasting room also hosts a variety of peach products from around the valley, including Alida’s, Pear Blossom products, and more.

OTHER TASTY EATS

Alida’s Fruits (3402 C 1/2 Road, Palisade) not only sells fresh produce in season; it also sells a jalapeno peach jam, peach butter, peach salsa, and more.

Hot Tomato Cafe — located at 124 N. Mulberry St., in Fruita — makes a peach pizza using hand-tossed dough, whole-milk mozzarella, Canadian bacon, fresh Palisade peaches, and Gorgonzola cheese topped with fresh rosemary. It costs $17.99.

626 on Rood, in like manner, uses local peaches from Palisade for many dinner menu items and a Peach Napoleon pastry.

Home Style Bakery of Grand Junction (927 N. Seventh St.) serves a variety of peach-infused pastries, too, like the Palisade peach kuchen, upside-down cakes, tart pies, peach fritters and more. Follow them on Facebook for daily specials.

And Main Street Bagels (559 Main St., Grand Junction) embraces peach season with a variety of treats, including peach cinnamon rolls, smoothies, and cream cheese. Smoothies cost between $3-6 depending on size; the cinnamon roll costs around $4.


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