Homegrown Peaches

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NOTICE

Weather conditions often cause ripening dates and fruit availability to vary from year to year.
During some harvest seasons, some peaches are available before or after the dates shown in this schedule. This schedule shows typical dates and is posted for customer reference, but please don't depend solely on it.

For best satisfaction, we recommend that you call us for accurate fruit inventory details before you come to our market, or subscribe to our blog and/or our    page for notices we may post there.

   
* White-fleshed peach                                                            Click here to jump to the Frequently Asked Questions about peaches.
     
Variety
Description Available
Flamin' Fury® PF 1
First fruits of the peach season!
Jun 26-Jul 8
Earliglo
An old standby, early ripening clingstone peach
Jul 3-21
Sentry   July 4-14
Desiree   July 5-15
Glenglo   July 7-15
Saturn
Nick-named "donut peach" for its peculiar shape, this variety introduces a novel way to eat a peach. Packed with flavor, Saturn is a "must-try"!
July 20-August 5
Red Haven
The standard by which all other varieties in the eastern U.S. are judged. Our top selling variety by a landslide!
July 20-August 5
John Boy
This is a great new peach. Just ask Judy Kauffman or Wanda Kauffman!
July 20-August 5
Blazing Star   July 21-August 5
Galaxy   July 26-August 6
White Lady
Outstanding, very firm white peach with delicious, mild flavor.
Jul 26-Aug 11
Raritan Rose
A fine white-fleshed cultivar. More mellow texture and stronger peach flavor than White Lady.
Jul 26-Aug 11
Starfire
A promising variety somewhat similar to Red Haven.
Jul 27-Aug 11
Salem
An up and coming peach in the Loring family.
Jul 27-Aug 13
Coral Star
Large and beautiful with wonderful flavor, this is one of the better cultivars for freezing.
Jul 27-Aug 22
Flamin' Fury® PF 17
  July 30-August 15
Sunhigh
There may be prettier peaches but few with more exceptional qualities for canning or freezing. Sunhigh is one of our three most popular varieties.
July 30-Aug 15
Klondike White
A new white variety that is surely worth a try!
Aug 5-15
Flamin' Fury® PF 24   August 10-15
All Star
Developed in Michigan, Allstar is well suited for fresh eating and canning.
Aug 10-17
Blushing Star
A fine white-fleshed selection that may not brown as readily when cut.
Aug 10-18
Loring
One of our three top-selling varieties. Loring is a great peach for canning and freezing.
Aug 10-25
Babygold
A unique clingstone variety popular for its firm, smooth texture when canned.
Aug 14-18
Flamin' Fury® PF 23   August 14-20
Gloria   August 15-25
Sugar Giant
Similar to White Lady but three weeks later.
Aug 15-25
 
   
Summer Pearl
A great tasting white peach. Summer Pearl was developed in New Jersey.
Aug 21-31
Blake
Introduced by the New Jersey Ag Experiment Station many years ago, Blake remans an important late-season peach.
Aug 21-31
Messina   August 25-September 5
Flamin' Fury® PF 27   August 25-September 5
Flamin' Fury® PF 28   September 1-10
Flamin' Fury® PF 35   September 7-15

Frequently Asked Questions about Peaches

Peach FAQWhat factors affect the sweetness and flavor of a peach?

  • Hot and dry weather is the #1 contributing factor in sweet and flavorful peaches.
  • Tree-ripened peaches are always better.
  • Generally, peaches harvested from the top of the tree are sweeter.
  • Varieties of peaches bring a variety of flavors. However, this fact alone does not decide the flavor and sweetness of a peach. For example, a Red Haven might not taste quite the same from one year to the next or from one picking to the next.
  • White-fleshed varieties are generally sweeter and more mild in flavor than yellow varieties. Yellow-fleshed peaches have a stronger "peachy" taste and aroma.
  • Sometimes, the early pickings of a specific variety have more flavor than the last picking.
  • Over three days of cold storage can affect the flavor of a peach, however, significant differences often are not seen until after several weeks of cold storage.

What makes a peach juicy?
Warm weather and tree-ripened harvest are the key contributors to juicy peaches.


Which is the best peach?
For some, a peach is a peach and there is no "best" peach. Many factors (see first FAQ) affect the making of a good peach. The most significant factor is your personal taste and preference. Here at Kauffman's, we aim to please, so don't hesitate to ask us questions or ask for a sample of a peach on display. We will do our best to help you. Virtually any of the fifty varieties of yellow-fleshed peaches we grow are finely suited for canning. However, Red Haven is the landslide favorite of our customer base. White-fleshed peaches are not as popular for canning because they brown significantly after they are peeled.

How can I help my peaches ripen properly?
Most of the peaches you buy here will require 2-3 days to ripen. Spread them out in a single layer at room temperature and use them as they ripen (it's not likely that they'll all ripen at the same time.) For smaller quantities, store them at room temperature in a paper bag until they ripen.

How many quarts of canned or frozen peaches can I expect from a half-bushel basket of fresh peaches?
10-12 quarts.

What makes a peach freestone (have a removeable pit)?
In a word, weather. Early varieties are always clingstone. Usually, the gradual change between freestone and clingstone occurs after the first picking of Red Haven, but every year is different. Babygold, an exception to the rule, is a mid-season peach that is always clingstone.

What's the difference between yellow and white peaches?
First, it's more properly a "yellow-flesh" or "white-flesh" peach, as no peach actually has yellow or white skin. But to answer the question, most peaches have the yellow flesh that most people expect a peach to have; these varieties generally are used for canning and freezing because they keep their texture and color. White-fleshed peaches are much more mild and soft; therefore, while they make absolutely wonderful snacks, white-fleshed peaches are not nearly as suitable for processing.


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