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PEACHES, PEACHES & PEACHES, OH MY!

A few years ago, while driving in East Texas, we stumbled upon what I lovingly call “Peach Heaven” just East of Terrell!  That would be Ham’s Peach Orchards.

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That doesn’t look so heavenly, I guess, but believe me, the peaches are divine.  It looks like they have hundreds of peach trees of all varieties! There is a sign that tells you what peaches ripen when, not that it really matters, for they are all delicious. But last week I think I got the best of the best………..yummy Freestone peaches that come right off the seeds. Just thinking of them makes my mouth water so I think I’ll just go get one as we talk. They are only open from May 15 til August 15, and in that 3 month period, they must make enough to live on the rest of the year as there are usually HUGE crowds that pour into that tiny place every day, especially on the week-ends.

One of the things that really draws people to Ham’s is they make out-of-this-world soft peach ice cream! Well, they make strawberry ice cream, too, but I’m addicted to the peach. Sometimes the line to get the ice cream is a 15 minute wait, but well worth it.  We were over last week and I meant to have someone take a picture of Bo and me eating our cones, but we were such pigs, we devoured them before I remembered.  But here is a picture of a man from Louisiana enjoying his, plus a view of both flavors!

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One good thing about Ham’s is that they have LOTS of pints of the ice cream frozen, so since we took our cooler, we loaded up on ice cream to bring home and enjoy for the next few months.  And, no, I don’t share it with visitors very much! Ham’s has so much that I can’t begin to  describe it to you.  It is one of those things you have to really see to enjoy. They have fresh peach & blackberry cobblers as well as frozen ones & fried peach pies. There all other kinds of pies, like buttermilk, pecan, etc., and pound cakes, and peach cakes!

The shelves are lined with everything you can image that one can “put up” or “can” or whatever you call it where you live.  And there is a cooler with shelled cream peas and crowder peas and snapped green beans and black eyed peas.  But the fresh fruit and veggies….Oh my!

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So we bought some of all you can see, plus more, and headed to the car where are doggie kids waited. They like to go with us because their daddy always takes them a little bit of peach ice cream to eat, too.

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Well, we have felt so pure all this week as we have eaten so many healthy things like okra and tomatoes ( those of you who aren’t from the south may not have ever had that delicacy), green beans and new potatoes, corn on the cob, cream peas with a little okra on cooked with them, fresh cantaloupe slices, peach salsa, peach spread for bread, and yes, peach ice cream.  I failed to mention that they also have a refrigerated  section that has home made salsa, pimento cheese, chicken & tuna salad ,several different casseroles they have made, and of course we got one….sour cream chicken enchiladas.  That’s for dinner tonight along with guacamole, of course.

So the health tip today is eat a lot of fresh veggies and fresh fruit, and eat ORGANIC ones when ever possible, as they much healthier! And eating them raw when you can is even better. You get all kinds of God given antioxidants from His wonderful veggies and fruit.  The dark colored veggies are simply loaded with them.  And the sweetness of good fruit just might satisfy your sweet tooth! I would caution you to try to wash them in something that will get rid of the pesticides.  I know you can buy something at the health food store, but I use Shaklee’s amazing Basic H to wash mine, because it definitely removes the bad stuff. And I would also  like you to know that you really loose some of the nutritional value of food when you freeze it.  It you buy it in cans, you not only get less nutritional value, but you also get alot of other stuff that is hidden that you might not want! It was suggested to me that it is wise to just shop around the periphery of the grocery store!  Until next time, have a healthy, happy day!

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