In celebration of August, named as National Peach Month, Sickles Market in Little Silver is hosting its annual Peach & Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 13 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The celebration’s mission is to create awareness about the very special, delicious Jersey Fresh peach, its many varieties, preparations made with fresh peaches and products made from peaches such as preserves, jams and salsas.
Several activities are scheduled including the highly anticipated annual butterfly release. All activities are free and include: peach tastings and grilling demonstrations, kids’ activities and a corn shucking contest for both adults and children. At 4 p.m., approximately 100 butterflies will be released in a spectacular show of flight and fluttering.
The Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars are shipped to the market in late July and have been on display in the butterfly pavilion located in the balmy greenhouse, the perfect environment for developing caterpillars. Painted Lady butterflies are native to the Jersey Shore and can be found in our gardens, along roadsides and in fields. Also, on display in Sickles garden center are flowering plants with special identification that attract these beautiful and helpful insects to your garden or yard such as the Butterfly Bush.
The connection between peaches and butterflies are many.
- Insects such as honey bees and butterflies play a pivotal role in the maturation of most fruit trees and other fruit bearing plants. They help to cross-pollinate pollen from one tree to another insuring that the flowers are pollinated and will produce fruit
- Both peaches and butterflies are fully developed and plentiful in August, hence the month featuring peaches.
- It is fun, fascinating and educational to experience the miraculous metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis, and finally the emergence of a magnificent butterfly.
“Jersey Peaches are a seasonal delicacy,” explained Bob Sickles, third generation owner of Sickles Market, Little Silver. “They are picked at high maturity – which means they have more sugar, are larger and better tasting than peaches grown in other states – and delivered directly to our market. It’s the freshness and the seasonality that makes Jersey peaches so special. So eat a peach and keep our farmers farming,” he adds.
Sickles Market is located at 1 Harrison Avenue off Rumson Road in Little Silver. For further details, visit the website, www.sicklesmarket.com.
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