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The Country Market

Hey Friends!

I seriously have no idea where this summer went. I am pretty sure I blinked and the summer was over?! Tomorrow is already September and it will officially be pumpkin everything! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. I just hate what comes after fall! And it is such a busy time for us, harvest will be here and gone before we know it!

The other day we ventured down to Slims Country Market just outside of Story City. If you have never been, I would highly recommend a stop there if you are ever in the area! We wanted to grab up some good fresh produce before the season ends.

We picked up quite a few things we needed; but their Colorado peaches they just got in were amazing! My mom and I ate them all before my dad could even sample one! Needless to say, we will be picking up more this weekend on our way to Ames. They also have really good seedless watermelon right now as well!

Since I’m on the topic of really good peaches; I thought I would share my easy peach tea recipe that is really tasty and simple! I plan on making some this weekend after I get more peaches.

Ingredients for the peach syrup:

One cup water

One cup sugar

2-3 fresh sliced peaches

Tea:

3 tea bags

6 cups water

Bring the syrup ingredients to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium. Crush up the peach slices as you stir and dissolve the sugar.

Turn off the heat, cover and let set for 30 minutes.

In a separate pot boil the water and brew tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and refrigerate.

Strain the syrup and remove any fruit pieces.

Add the syrup to the tea and serve over ice.

This is also really good with a splash of lemonade! 🍑🍋🍉

Have a good Labor Day weekend!

-Maria

Sweet Corn Season

Happy Thursday friends!

So we are midway through summer already! Where in the world has this summer gone?! I feel like once the 4th of July comes, the rest of summer just flies by!! Before we know it schools will be starting and fall will be here. Today marks six weeks since our son was born; and in six more weeks I have to go back to work already. I'm not overly excited to go back. Not because I don't like my job; but just because I know how precious time is and how fast it goes. Our son will only be small once and I really enjoy being home with him. But what mother doesn't want to be home with their babies?!

Anyway! (I can get a little windy and off topic sometimes. Bear with me!) Even though summer is half way over, it does mark a pretty exciting time during summer: sweet corn!! I don't know about you, but this is basically my favorite food group! Since I was little, I have had quite the love for my sweet corn. This farm girl can throw down the corn. I remember when my husband and I started living together, I brought home sweet corn for dinner one night. Just sweet corn. Like that's it, nothing else. He couldn't get over how we eat just sweet corn for a meal. He didn't grow up on a farm so it was a new thing for him. (He probably thought I was a little strange. Oh well!) Don't get me wrong, he likes his sweet corn but not quite at the level as I do! Oh well, more for me!

Every year we do our annual family sweet corn freezing day. Have to get stocked up for winter! I love having corn to pull right out for meals. You can use it for so many things. As a side by itself, on potatoes, in soups, salads, casseroles, the list can go on! But my all time favorite is a baked potato with sweet corn on it and then topped with my grandmas homemade buttermilk ranch. Talk about a tasty combination! Hey, don't knock it 'til ya try it! We got our corn froze yesterday. It is actually a pretty fun time. It makes for some good family bonding time. When I was younger I hated freezing day. It felt like we shucked corn for hours upon hours. Now I don't really mind it, it's fun to do as a family.

If anyone else is looking for a good method to freeze corn feel free to ask me! I would be happy to share the way we do it. It's easy to do and our family has been doing it since before I was born. It works pretty good!

Have a fabulous rest of your day!
-Maria