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Orchard Update

May 20, 2019

So far, the growing peach crop looks fairly promising for this year - and looks to be on a relatively normal schedule. The early peaches are about the size of a (green) golf ball.

Varieties & Harvest Dates - Arranged in order of harvest

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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 peach harvest schedule shows typical dates and is posted for customer convenience, but please don't depend solely on it. For best satisfaction, we suggest that you use your favorite social tool to get our orchard and fruit updates:

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Peach Variety Description Available*
Flamin' Fury® PF1 First fruits of the peach season! June 26-July 8
Earliglo An old standby, early ripening clingstone peach July 3-21
Sentry All-around early season winner - disease resistant, our largest early season peach, firm-fleshed until fully ripened, great flavor. Clingstone. July 4-14
Desiree It's all in the name - this is a desirable peach. Great color and flavor to match. Clingstone. July 5-15
Glenglo Semi-freestone, signals the end of early peach season. Flavor similar to Red Haven with exceptional texture. July 7-15
Saturn Nicknamed "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 USA 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 Quickly developed a fan club at Kauffman's for its "wow" factor - both with flavor and color. One of the most beautiful peaches we raise. Freestone. July 21-August 5
Galaxy* A typically larger, white donut peach whose sister "Saturn" popularized the now-famous donut peaches. July 26-August 6
White Lady* Outstanding, very firm white peach with delicious, mild flavor. July 26-August 11
Raritan Rose* A fine white-fleshed cultivar. More mellow texture and stronger peach flavor than White Lady. July 26-August 11
Starfire A promising variety somewhat similar to Red Haven. July 27-August 11
Salem An up and coming peach in the Loring family. July 27-August 13
Coral Star Large and beautiful with wonderful flavor, this is one of the better cultivars for freezing. July 27-August 22
Flamin' Fury® PF17 Receives rave reviews from customers who've told us it is the best freestone canning peach they have found. Although lacking in color, many think it is superior to the popular and highly-colored Red Haven. 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! August 5-15
Flamin' Fury® PF24 If you like big peaches, this is your peach! It's even in the Guinness Book of World Records. Great for canning, fresh eating. Freestone. August 10-15
All Star Developed in Michigan, Allstar is well suited for fresh eating and canning.> August 10-17
Blushing Star* A fine white-fleshed selection that may not brown as readily when cut. August 10-18
Loring One of our three top-selling varieties. Loring is a classic traditional peach for canning and freezing. August 10-25
Babygold A unique clingstone variety popular for its firm, smooth texture when canned. August 14-18
Flamin' Fury® PF23 A later-season variety with the sugar-acid balance found in the classic peach flavor. Firm-fleshed and freestone. August 14-20
Gloria Has an amazing flavor and light, crunchy texture when still firm. Gloria is truly a "wow" freestone peach when eaten at the proper timing.  August 15-25
Sugar Giant* Similar to White Lady, but harvested about three weeks later. August 15-25
Summer Pearl* A great tasting white peach. Summer Pearl was developed in New Jersey. August 21-31
Blake Introduced by the New Jersey Ag Experiment Station many years ago, Blake remains an important late-season peach. August 21-31
Messina A highly-flavored, highly-colored, exceptionally juicy freestone variety that is receiving high marks from many growers in the Mid-Atlantic region.  August 25-Sept. 5
Flamin' Fury® PF27 Very attractive freestone variety with the firm texture typical for a late-season variety. A winner on the peach stand for late-August.  August 25-Sept. 5
Flamin' Fury® PF28 Unusually well-colored for a late-season peach and has hot-season flavor in a cooler-season ripening window.  September 1-10
Flamin' Fury® PF35 At a time when we're all dreading the end of fresh peaches until next year, this freestone variety is perfect for stocking up on fresh peaches for one last time.  September 7-15

Frequently Asked Questions About Peaches

What factors affect the sweetness and flavor of a peach?

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  • 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?

Bushel of Peaches

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 removable 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?

Peach Half

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 canning and freezing.