Pears Fresh From The Farmers Market

Enjoying the delicious juicy ripe fruit of late summer
Image of fresh pears, one is sliced in half.

When you go to the farmers market in late summer, you will probably find juicy, ripe pears. This delicious fruit is very versatile and can be used in many recipes, or just washed and eaten.

Pears make a great addition on top of a fresh garden salad, they can be poached or even made into a chutney. Why not try some of these juicy and delicious pears the next time you visit a local farmers market?

Pears are available from August through October in New Hampshire, depending on the variety. How can you enjoy them throughout the year? We recommend you read Preserving Pears, from our friends at Penn State Extension. It covers canning and freezing, and instructions on how to make a very light syrup.

Recipe: Fruit Crisp with Pears

Serves: 6     

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

4 cups sliced fruit, like pears, apples, or peaches

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup oats

1 cup margarine or butter, softened

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Arrange fruit in greased 8 x 8 square pan about 2 inches deep.

  3. Mix remaining ingredients, sprinkle over fruit.

  4. Bake until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts Label for Fruit Crisp

We recommend you check out more recipes using pears from our friends at Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables. They have recipes for different in-season fruits and vegetables, so you can enjoy fruits and vegetables throughout the year.