…but the prettiest fruit does not always translate into the most spectacular dessert.

Let me give you a Farmer’s Market tip. Chef’s who know what they are doing realize they don’t have to buy the perfect specimen. Instead, they know to buy what tastes best. Most farmers end up having imperfect fruit at their stand due to travel, bruising, heat, etc. The problem for them is that it doesn’t look appealing to the average customer, so they can’t sell it. Find a vendor who will make a deal with you. Tell him you will stop by at the end of the day and buy all his seconds. If you are looking for tomatoes, ask for “canners.” The grower wants to make to make a sale, and most likely will be glad to give you a deal on perfectly good fruit, even though it may not look perfect.


As you can see from the photo, this is what that fruit is going to look like once you prepare it for juice, jam, preserves, or other application. I got about 15 lbs of ugly peaches from one of my favorite vendors this morning that will make for a nice Peach Crate cocktail this evening. Here’s how we make it:

Peach Crate

1.5 oz peach butter

1.5 oz vodka

1.5 oz simple syrup

Juice ½ lemon

1 egg white

Muddle basil with ice in shaker

Add remaining ingredients

Shake till foamy

Serve in martini glass with basil top

I hate to burst your bubble…