The humidity is fading and the air is beginning to feel refreshing and crisp. A sure sign fall is rolling in. As we are preparing for apple season, we are still holding on to the remaining bounty of summer fruits. This week we bring you sweet, juicy peaches from the Belkin family and Lookout Farm. The land at Lookout Farm is rich with history and a long list of owners, making it one of the oldest farms in the United States. Steve and Joan Belkin are the 9th family to own and till the 180 acres in Natick, Massachusetts, transforming the grounds from a farm to an agricultural destination.
The property at Lookout farm can be traced back to the 17th century. In 1650, while canoeing down the Charles River, Minister John Eliot and several others settled along the shores, later establishing the plot as a farm. Two centuries later Charles Whittemore and his brothers took ownership of the site, officially founding the land as Lookout Farm. In 2005, The Belkin family purchased the land and since has turned the farm into a destination for family fun offering apple picking, a petting zoo, a bee observatory and a small market. The Belkins take care of 60,000 fruit trees growing a variety of peaches, plums and apples perfect for satisfying all of your cobbler and pie needs.
The latest addition to Lookout Farm is the launching of the Lookout Farm Hard Cider Company and the building of a 1600 square foot tap room. The signature drink is the Farmhouse Blend cider which is crafted from 19 of the 25 apple varieties grown on the farm. The cider is the picture-perfect example of New England fall, bright, crisp and fruity. The taproom will be featuring ciders on tap, local cheese and charcuterie from Waltham’s Moody’s Delicatessen.
Peach season is fleeting as the leaves begin to change. Katsiroubas is receiving our last shipment of peaches for 2015 TODAY! So make the best of the last crop and hold on to the tiny bit of summer fruit that is left!