We are currently growing several varieties that ripen from late July through late August. All varieties have very high natural sugar content and are low acid, making them unusually sweet and delicious.
There are more than 2,000 varieties of peaches. That’s a lot to choose from.
There is no better way to pick a peach (and spend a day) than taste testing peaches at your local farm market. There is a favorite peach taste for everybody.
To find the best peach, first take a whiff: a ripe peach should be sweetly fragrant. Next give the peach a gentle squeeze: a ripe peach won’t be too hard; it should be soft to the squeeze. Keep in mind that the color of a peach tells more about what variety it is than its maturity or ripeness. So don’t assume the best peach has a peachy color; it could be more white or greenish white than peach colored.
And remember that different peach varieties come to harvest at different times of the summer. So you should be able to find a ripe peach–of one variety or another–from late spring all the way to Halloween.
Once you’ve spent some time getting to know peaches, every visit after will be rewarding.
Old time Salem Peach – Large, red with yellow background color, very sweet and juicy with a perfect acid to sugar ratio to bring out the old time strong peach flavor.
Summer Lady Peach – Our prettiest peach. It is solid red with no yellow background color. They have an intense strong peach flavor. They are very firm and keep longer than most peaches. Left on the counter for 2 to 3 days will allow them to soften and build more sugar, but I like them right off the tree.
Coral Star Peach – Sweet and mild flavored yellow peach.
Sugar Giant- large white firm mild flavored peach. Leave on the counter for 3 to 4 days to soften.
A rare find! These peaches look like donuts and they are just as sweet,
but they are good for you! White fleshed and very low in acid. One of our favorites.
How to Pick Peaches:
Ground color or background color, which I will be referring to often, is the lighter color on the fruit. Often times the sun exposed side of the fruit will be red and the shaded side will be yellow or green. If the background color is green the fruit is not ready. If it is yellow or red it is ready to harvest.
Some varieties are solid red so they have little to no background color. An example is the Summer Lady peach. It is 100% red before is it totally ripe, which makes it tricky to know when it is ready. In this case look for the largest reddest peaches.
Once the peaches are off the tree they will continue to ripen. Eat the softest ones first and eat the firmer ones as they soften. You can slow the ripening process by putting your peaches in the refrigerator, but some of the flavor is lost once they are refrigerated. Ripening off the tree usually takes 2 to 4 days, depending on the peach.
When picking a peach pull it from the tree with a gentle twisting motion. This will help break the stem without dropping other nearby fruit.