How to pick peaches?

When Are Peaches In Season?

By : The Hale Groves Team | On : May 30, 2017 | Category : Fruit Facts

At Hale Groves, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality, juiciest, ripest fruit?and that includes our peaches. Store?fresh peaches?at room temperature and avoid storing in the refrigerator until they are fully ripe or becoming overripe.

The delicious peach is known to have been around since the 10th century. Originated in China and brought to America by George Minifie in the 17th century, the peach has long been considered a very popular and delicious stone fruit, or fruit containing a very large and hard seed. It was not until the 19th century that commercial peach production began in America, but it has remained one of the most popular fruits ever since.

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Summertime in America means warmer temperatures and sun, but it also signals that it is time to go ?peach-picking.? May is the beginning of peach season, which continues until late September, but peach season is at its peak in July and August; no Fourth of July is complete without some fresh peach pie.

Although the general peach season is in the summer, the growing location does affect the peak readiness of peaches.

When Is Georgia Peach Season?

Georgia, being in the southern part of the United States, has a pretty warm climate. Because it can get cold in the winter months, peaches do not begin to be in season until mid-May; however, they remain in season well into mid-August.

When Is South Carolina Peach Season

South Carolina tends to have a colder year-round climate than Georgia. Since peaches hit their peak during the warmest months of the year, South Carolina Freestone peaches do not become available until mid-June. South Carolina peaches continue to be harvested until late August.

When Is Florida Peach Season?

Florida has a very warm year-round average climate. As a result, Florida peaches are in season much earlier than most peaches. Florida peaches begin to be harvested in the late spring during the months of April and May.

When Is California Peach Season?

California, with a milder climate, does not get very warm until mid-summer, but it will stay warm well into the fall. California peaches typically begin to be harvested in late-June. However, they remain in season much longer than many other peaches as they continue to be harvested until mid-September.

When Is Idaho Peach Season?

Idaho?s climate provides in-season peaches from late-June to late-August. With its cold winters, Idaho?s warmer temperatures do not arrive until summertime, so Idaho peaches are not in season until a bit later. However, once summer arrives, Idaho reaches warmer temperatures, perfect for growing these delicious fruits.

At Hale Groves, we guarantee that customers will receive their?peach gifts?as fresh as possible. We ensure that every box of shipped Georgia Peaches arrives on time with only the freshest, ripest fruit. We?ship peaches?in our signature crush-proof boxes for blemish-free arrival. At Hale, we guarantee our peaches will land on your doorstep and taste like they were just picked off the tree a few minutes before. Our customers have continued to shop with Hale Groves because they know that we make their satisfaction our number one priority.

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When Is Peach Season in the South?

Is there anything as pretty as a peach? Probably not, and definitely not in July. This fruit takes the cake—or pie, cobbler, or punch. Georgia and South Carolina produce more peaches than any other Southern states, and our recipes celebrate the fruit too. Just try our crowd-pleasing peach recipes: Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Peach Pie, Easy Peach Cobbler, or Governor’s Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch. Robbie Caponetto

The internet erupted this month. Argument, controversy, and heated debate on all sides. The subject?

Peaches.

It all started with a mention on Facebook. The New York Times reported that food writer Kathleen Purvis, who happens to be one of our friends from the South, wrote, “Peaches should never be eaten before the Fourth of July. From there, one has six weeks to fill up.”

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Upon first glance, this may not seem like an inflammatory remark, but in the South, we have strong feelings about our produce. Seasonality, best times to pick, and harvesting methods are things we think about. They are part of our lifelong educations surrounding regional food. And, it goes without saying, we Southerners know our peaches. South Carolina and Georgia produce more peaches than any other state in the South—we even have peach-shaped water towers to prove it. “U-Pick” peach orchards and side-of-the-road peach stands are ubiquitous in the humid heat of Southern summers.

Now, I know there are some peach stands in Georgia that disagree with Purvis’ statement. Their trees fill with peaches before the Fourth of July, and they pick their harvest, heavy on the fruit-laden branches, weeks before fireworks begin to illuminate Southern skies. There are countless legendary peach stands on the side of Georgia roads. These stands have baskets stacked high all summer, from May to August, filled with peaches ready to eat, cook, and preserve. These peaches are so succulent and sweet that when you dig in, you will probably need a spoon, or at least a napkin. You wouldn’t dare miss these peaches before the Fourth of July. Georgians sure don’t; they cook their peach recipes all summer, so long as the trees are producing and the peach stands are selling.

It’s true that Southern peach season varies by state and by peach type. The South is as wide and varied harvest-wise as it is linguistically and culturally. A North Carolina Fourth of July peach might be as delectable as a Georgia peach in June. (In fact, due to the trees and weather, it probably is.)

Originally imported from Asia, peaches now thrive in the heat of the South and elsewhere throughout the country. According to The New Southern Living Garden Book, peach varieties found in the South include ‘Belle of Georgia,’ a midseason freestone peach, ‘Redhaven,’ a medium-size peach that produces early in the season, and ‘Cresthaven,’ a tree that can produce peaches later in the season. All of these peaches differ slightly—some more widely than others—in terms of when in the season they produce their juicy crop. Because of these variations, the important thing is to do your research. Stop at roadside stands and get to know your state’s produce. You’ll find out for yourself the best time to gather your harvest and whip up your favorite seasonal dishes.

Speaking of seasonal dishes, we think that now is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and make some of our favorite summery peach recipes. Try our smoky Grilled Peach Cobbler, the cool and refreshing Peach Ice Cream, and our recipe for Peach Streusel Muffins to make the most of this season’s beloved stone fruit.

When you decide to eat a peach is up to you, but we hope you’ll support Southern farmers and savor one or two—or a basketful—of one our favorite fruits of the season.

When Are Peaches in Season

By : The Pittman & Davis Team | | On : March 13, 2018 | Category : Uncategorized

Is there anything as pretty or lusciously delectable as a peach? Probably not, and absolutely not during the peach season!

What is the history of Peaches?

Georgia’s peach trade has a long history and tradition. Here are some things you may not know about this scrumptious fruit.

  • Originally from China, peaches were first planted in Georgia in the eighteenth century and were first commercially introduced in mid nineteenth century. Although it was decades after the Civil war that Georgia earned the name “The Peach State.”
  • The peach industry in the state of Georgia is mainly concentrated in Taylor, Crawford, Peach and Macon which are far enough north to enjoy adequate winter chilling yet far enough south to escape late frost that makes for early harvest dates.
  • Because of the varied climates and range of regions from subtropical to mountainous, Georgia produces the best tasting peaches.

When Is Peach Season?

But when really is this lush fruit in season?

Georgia peaches are in season in the summer month; which is almost here. Soon anywhere you go in Georgia, you will see signs of freshly picked peaches, peach cobbler and peach preserves. Also, since peaches are a summertime staple, the Fourth of July is not a success if peach pie is not served.

The fuzzy, succulent and pleasingly-sweet smelling Georgia peach is produced for 16-18 weeks annually, with ripening dates starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-August. During the first part of the peach season, Clingstone Peaches, a variety of peach where the flesh clings to the stone or pit making it hard to remove, are produced. After Clingstone Peaches are harvested, Semi-Clingstone peaches then become ripe and ready for harvesting; and finally, Freestone peaches are collected. Unlike Clingstone, Freestone Peaches have flesh that separates easily from the pit making it relatively easy to pull off once the fruit is cut in half.

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Carored May 28-30
Springprince May 18-30
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Rubyprince June 1-10
Sureprince June 8-20
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Fireprince June 19-20
Scarletprince June 25-July 5
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Red Globe June 26-July 10
Julyprince July 1-20
Messina July 8-20
Sunprince July 10-30
Summerlady July 15-30
Early Augustprince July 20-August 1
O’Henry August 1-15
Flameprince August 1-15

In this part of the south, peaches are hand-picked and checked carefully so you can be sure that whether you buy peaches from a stand or order peaches online. They are of premium quality. For those who are planning to order Georgia peaches for either for themselves or as peach gifts for friends or family, rest assured that workers from the south take extra good care of the peaches to avoid bruising. We only ship Georgia peaches that are in excellent condition.

Are Peaches Healthy?

What’s great when you buy peach is that you don’t just get to enjoy its great taste and aroma; they are also good for your health.

  • A peach contains numerous important nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, high dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
  • It is also a good source of thiamin, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.
  • Peaches also contain a low amount of calories and have a insignificant amount of fat, cholesterol and sodium; thus making it a great choice for those watching their weight.
  • It also has antioxidants that help prevent cancer and reduce body inflammation that may cause diabetes and heart disease.

So, remember that when you shop peach or send peach gift, you are not just doing it to make yummy appetizers or prepare scrumptious desserts; you are also getting them for their nutritional value.

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Peach Tree Harvesting: When And How To Pick Peaches

Peaches are one of the nation’s most beloved rock fruit, but it’s not always easy to know when a peach should be harvested. What are some of the indicators that it is time for picking peach fruit? Another question you may have is how to pick peaches correctly. Read on to find out.

Peach Tree Harvesting

Before even thinking about harvesting peaches, I hope that you have planted and cared for your peach tree correctly for optimal production. First off, when you bring the tree home from the nursery, open the wrapping from around the roots and soak them for 6-12 hours. Then plant your tree in soil that has been pre-prepared, raked to remove stones and debris and with a pH of 6.5. Set the tree at the same depth it was planted at the nursery and work the soil in around the roots. Tamp the soil down to remove air pockets. Water the tree in well.

Mulch around the base of the trunk to aid in water retention and retard weed growth. Peach trees should be pruned with an open center system of pruning, which will allow the sun to penetrate and improve air circulation.

Keep the tree free from disease, insects and birds. Fertilize the peach with 1 cup of a 10-10-10 food in March in a 3-foot area around the tree. In June and early August, broadcast ½ cup of calcium nitrate over the 3-foot area. In the tree’s second year, fertilize peaches twice a year in early March with 1 cup of 10-10-10 per year of tree age. Then at the first of August, apply 1 cup per year of the tree of calcium nitrate.

Now that you have a healthy peach tree, it’s time for the best part, peach tree harvesting.

How to Pick Peaches

The exact time to pick peaches is determined by the cultivar, but generally they are harvested from late June through August. Color is a great indicator of maturity. Peaches are ripe when the ground color of the fruit changes from green to completely yellow. Some of the newer peach varieties have a red tinge to the skin, but this is not a reliable barometer of ripeness.

There is a fine line when harvesting peaches. You want the fruit to hang on the tree long enough for the flavor and sugar content to peak, but not so long that it becomes overripe. Overripe fruit reduces storage time and increases the possibility of disease, insect and bird damage. Also, peaches will ripen in color, juiciness and texture off the tree, but will lack in flavor and sweetness.

The best indicator of the correct time for picking peach fruit is a taste test. Although lesser in flavor, slightly under ripe fruit can be harvested and ripened indoors in a paper bag if there is an immediate need to harvest due to weather. Clingstone or canning varietals are harvested when the fruit slips freely from the stem.

Peaches are not only delicious, but a great source of fiber, niacin, potassium and vitamin C. Once harvested, they will keep in the refrigerator or other cool area (31-32 degrees F./0 degrees C. with a 90 percent humidity) for about two weeks.

Peach Picking and Handling Tips

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Biting into a ripe, juicy peach is a sure sign of summer here in New England! Picking your own tree ripened peach just adds to the fun. Here at Parlee Farms, we 15 varieties of freestone peaches during August that are available for pick your own. Planning a peach picking trip? Here are some important picking tips and handling tips for when you bring them home, courtesy of the UMass Center of Agriculture, Food and the Environment:

Peach Picking Tips

• Look at the color: When a peach is ready to be picked, it won’t have any green on the skin. The skin will have changed to yellow or white, or in some cases (depending on the variety) will have a very bright red-orange color. If there is still some green skin, it isn’t ready to be picked yet!

• Gently touch the peach: If the peach is firm, it is not ready to be picked. Wait until there is some “give” but don’t squeeze too hard – it will result in bruising!

• Look at the shape: A peach will become more round as it ripens.

• Smell the peaches: If there is no smell, it’s not ready to be enjoyed. A ripe peach will give off a sweet aroma!

• Pull gently: A ripe peach will separate from the tree easily. If it’s difficult to pick, leave it on the tree to ripen longer.

• Larger peaches and those at the tops of the trees ripen first.

Peach Handling Tips

• Do not leave peaches in a plastic bag, in the sun, or inside of a hot car – they will not ripen evenly.

• Only put them in the refrigerator if you want to slow the ripening process. They should keep there for 5 days.

• To continue the ripening process at home, put them on newspaper in a single layer not touching each other and check to see when they start to soften by feeling them gently. When the fruit is soft, it is ripe and juicy and ready to enjoy! This can take several days.

Now you’re ready to go peach picking! If you’re headed to our peach orchard, be sure to check our current picking conditions here.

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During the summer, I maintain a steady diet of peaches, peaches, and more peaches. From May to September, the juicy stone fruit is in season and ripe for the picking—at least, usually. Every now and then, I accidentally grab one that looks fine on the outside, but is mealy, watery, and decidedly flavorless on the inside—definitely not the James and the Giant Peach fantasy I’m trying to realize.

Sometimes it’s easy to tell if a peach is bad—like, if it has a big, giant bruise—but other times, your guess is as good as mine. Of course, peaches aren’t exactly the cheapest fruit at the store, and I’d rather not waste money if there’s a way to avoid it. Luckily enough, there is! Here, Katy Green, produce field inspector at Whole Foods Market, tells SELF all about what you should watch out for when buying peaches, so you never wind up with a peach that isn’t peachy.

There are tons of different peaches out there, but the most common varieties stick to the same rules.

Even though Green says there are literally hundreds of varieties of peaches, they’ll all exhibit the same basic maturity indicators.

But before we get to those, let’s talk peach varieties. Rather than get into specific breeds (because there are so many), Green focuses on the larger categories of peaches, such as color and texture. The most common color categories are yellow peaches and white peaches. Yellow peaches are more acidic and have a complex flavor profile, while white peaches are milder in flavor.

As for the texture categories, Green says that what you’re likely to encounter will be either a cling peach or a canning peach. Cling peaches are thus named because their flesh sticks to the pit (these are the kinds of peaches you should snack on). And canning peaches are ideal for canning because, unlike cling peaches, their flesh doesn’t stick to the pit, making them easier to prep. The color categories always overlap with the texture categories, so you’ll see everything from yellow cling peaches to white cling peaches to white canning peaches and so on.

Look for color before anything else.

“First and foremost, look for color as an indicator of maturity,” says Green. Peaches shouldn’t have more than a little bit of green on the shoulders (the part on top that makes them look like the butt emoji), and there should be a consistent blush coloring everywhere else, she explains. “Most varieties, including popular white and yellow peaches, will fall into these basic parameters.”

If you spot a little light speckling on the skin, that’s actually a good thing.

According to Green, you may occasionally notice light speckling on a peach. That’s great news, she says, as it can indicate a higher sugar content, which means a sweeter peach.

Peaches shouldn’t be too big or too small—they should be just right.

Green says that if a peach is too big or too small, the sugar to acid ratio gets thrown off, which means they’re usually too sweet or nowhere near sweet enough. To quote Goldilocks, they should be just right, and just right happens to be about the size of a baseball.

Firmness isn’t bad, because your peaches will get softer (and sweeter!).

Unlike things like melons or tomatoes, peaches will continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested, says Green. Over time, the sugar levels of peaches don’t technically increase, but the acid levels do decrease, which will ultimately result in something sweeter. But don’t wait too long to eat them, she warns, because then they’ll become mealy and too low in acid to really be flavorful.

Now, it’s time to start cooking with your peaches. Use these recipes to get started. Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats Andrew Purcell; Carrie Purcell

This is exactly what you want to eat in the morning, and it’ll be ready to go when you wake up. Get the recipe here.

Steak Salad With Cucumber, Peach, and Quinoa Andrew Purcell; Carrie Purcell

These salad is the perfect combination of sweet, nutty, and crunchy. Get the recipe here.

Sheet Pan Vegetarian Summer Bowl Andrew Purcell; Carrie Purcell

You can make this perfect, summer meal entirely on one sheet pan. Get the recipe here.

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Aug 6, 2012Perpendicular V works for Ohio peach orchard

Ohio is a tough place to grow fruit, but a great place to sell it.

So said Rich Eshleman, owner of Eshleman Fruit Farm in Clyde, Ohio.

The “tough” part comes from Ohio’s large population. It’s not easy to find good fruit-growing sites when housing is eating them up. Still, all those people like to eat fruit, too. The situation could be worse.

“You make the money where you sell,” Eshleman said. “You don’t make any money from growing it.”

Eshleman, 66, started growing fruit on 40 acres in north-central Ohio with his wife, Betty, in 1977. Today, they farm 150 acres of apples, 50 acres of peaches, 6 acres of sweet cherries, 6 acres of apricots (grown in Catawba Island on Lake Erie to help regulate temperatures) and 3 acres of plums, according to the farm’s website.

The farm, which has its own cold and controlled-atmosphere storage facilities, normally produces 40,000 bushels of apples and 18,000 bushels of peaches per year. But like other orchards in the Midwest, 2012’s early spring warmth followed by freezes hit Eshleman Fruit Farm hard. It lost about 95 percent of its cherries, 80 percent of its apples and 25 percent of its peaches. On the plus side, the plums were looking “pretty thick” and the apricots had a full crop, Eshleman said.

Most of the farm’s fruit goes to wholesale, with about a quarter selling direct from the farm via retail market and u-pick, he said. The farm also hosts school and senior tours and other agritourism activities, according to its website.

Perpendicular V

On June 27, Eshleman hosted the morning session of the Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association’s Summer Tour & Field Day. He showcased a block of peach trees planted in the perpendicular V system, speaking highly of the perpendicular V and noting that his only regret is that he didn’t start using it sooner.

“I just didn’t pay any attention to the potential,” Eshleman said. “If you’re going to grow peaches in the Midwest, consider growing them like these trees.”

Sunlight isn’t as intense in the Midwest as it is out West, so the yield per acre is generally lower. Perpendicular V, which he said provides a “quick bearing surface for very good yields,” can remedy that. The trees get into production quickly, get good early yields and are easy to manage, he said.

“I like working in this orchard more than any of the other peach orchards.”

The peach trees Eshleman showcased are about 6 years old.

“I don’t know how long these trees will last,” he said. “I’m hoping they’ll last 20 years. That’s longer than most of the open-center trees.”

In the perpendicular V, he said, growers want to maintain two main trunks. The fruiting limbs grow off the trunks and should be kept as close to them as possible. The point of the system is to build the fruiting surface so that fruit is growing on new wood as the older wood is being cut off.

On older peach plantings, it’s easy to get 100 bushels per acre. However, get past 200 bushels per acre and it’s tough to maintain good size because they don’t have the built-in fruiting surface required for big yields, he said.

Thirty acres of Eshleman’s peach trees (and a few acres of plums) are planted in perpendicular V; the rest are open-center trees, which he plans to replace with perpendicular V when they get old enough. His newer apple plantings are tall spindle, which he’d like them all to be one day. There are few negatives to that system, he said.

For more information, visit www.eshlemanfruitfarm.com

By Matt Milkovich, Managing Editor

Tags: Apples, Cherries, Crop Management, Fruits, Peaches

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PICK YOUR OWN GUIDELINES

Please observe all rules for the benefit of all of our customers and our orchard.

Pick your own hours are Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4. You must enter the orchard to pick at least one hour before we close to ensure you have enough time to pick and return to make your purchase.

Always check in at the market, get instructions from an employee, and get a picking peck box or bag before heading into the orchard.

Please pick only in designated areas, which are carefully selected based on the ripening schedule of our fruit.

We provide peck boxes for picking peaches and they must be paid for before you enter the orchard.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, don’t forget hats, sunscreen, and a bottle of water!

We recommend wearing close-toed shoes good for walking on uneven ground, as bees, hornets and yellow jackets may be present on fallen fruit.

If you drop any fruit on the ground, we ask that you please make every effort to pick it up and purchase it so that no fruit is wasted. Many labor-intensive hours go into the care of our fruit trees.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and stay very close by at all times.

Please dispose of trash in proper containers.

Please be considerate of all of our customers.

Please do not drive into the orchard as it is a fragile growing environment.

Dogs are permitted if on a leash and not aggressive.

How to Ripen Peaches With This Everyday Item

It’s in the bag

You wouldn’t think a juicy ripe peach would be hard to come by in the middle of peach season. But unless you hit up a farmers’ market or u-pick orchard, you’re not likely to find the peach perfection you’re longing for. That’s because supermarket peaches are picked while they’re pretty much rock-hard so they’ll survive shipping. But there is a way to help unripe peaches become their sweetest selves, with an assist from an everyday kitchen item (and a dash of simple science). Here’s how to do it.

Pick ’em

Start by choosing unbruised peaches with the least amount of green color around the stem end; these are most likely to give you the best results when you do the next step.

Bag ’em

1. Set a paper bag on its side and arrange peaches in a single layer in the bag, stem-side down, so they’re resting on their “shoulders.” Make sure the sides of the peaches are not touching each other. Use a couple of bags if you have to.

Image zoom Photo by Vanessa Greaves

2. Fold the top of the bag closed and let it sit undisturbed at room temperature. After 24 hours, check peaches for color and aroma. For yellow peaches, you’re looking for a warm yellow undertone with little or no green around the stem end. For white peaches, look for a creamy undertone. They should smell distinctly peachy. Depending on how close to ripe they were to begin with, it might take one day or several days for them to fully ripen.

Image zoom Do Not Disturb | Photo by Vanessa Greaves

This is how I try to ensure the bag doesn’t get moved around.

3. When peaches are sweet and juicy, you can store them uncovered in the fridge to stop the ripening process. But don’t leave them in there for too long, otherwise the cold will make them dry and mealy.

Peach Ripening Q & A

What’s happening in the bag?
Peaches emit ethylene gas, a naturally occurring plant hormone that triggers the ripening process. Enclosing peaches in a bag traps the gas and speeds the ripening. Some like to put a banana or apple in the bag to boost the ethylene level.

Can I ripen peaches on the windowsill?
Yes, but there are a couple of drawbacks to that. 1) Fruit flies, ugh. 2) Direct sunlight can overheat and shrivel the peaches. (BTW, I have an easy, fool-proof way to get rid of fruit flies.)

Can I ripen peaches in the fridge?
No. The cold actually inhibits ripening, and can alter texture and flavor.

Can I ripen a green peach?
Sorry, no. But you can use them up in something like this peach chutney.

Try some of our most beloved fresh peach recipes.

Have a peachy summer!

Photos by Vanessa Greaves

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