Summer is a season that we all look forward to….school’s out, pool parties are a must, and the air has a consistent aroma of neighborhood cookouts. Growing up, summer to our family meant peach season. My grandfather started a peach orchard when he retired from the public school system and my brother, sister, and I spent 7 days a week out there picking peaches, selling them at our roadside stand, and making peach ice cream. We opened on July 4th every year, no matter what day that fell on, so every year at this time I get a bit nostalgic. Yes, at times we dreaded it while our friends were enjoying their summer breaks poolside and we drove tractors, itching from peach fuzz. However, as most things in life, I would give anything for a day back on that farm, peach fuzz and all. As a Southerner in South Florida (which is arguably not “The South”) our main fruit of summer is mangos. The abundance that is on every street, in the alley behind my house, and in laundry baskets on the street corners for the taking, reminds me of the abundance of peaches that we faced in my youth. There are many ways of preservation of these two very different juicy fruits, whether it be jams, jellies, freezing, etc. But my favorite? A good pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or a bit of sweetened greek yogurt.