There’s nothing quite like a fresh peach right off the tree, and our sixth- and seventh-generation farmers take that to heart every year when nurturing our trees so that they produce the sweetest, juiciest peaches around. Grab a few peaches off a tree to snack on as you explore the fields on a relaxing summer day. Or, get a bushel of these versatile fruits to bring home and make your own delicious pies, cobblers, jams, ice cream or sweet adult beverage.
How to pick and store peaches.
When selecting peaches, choose the ones that are slightly firm and plump that yield somewhat to pressure. Blushes are an indicator of the variety of peach, but not its ripening status. Tree-ripened peaches typically need additional ripening after they’re picked in order to increase their softness and juiciness. Just place your peaches in a paper bag and set a room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Don’t refrigerate unripe peaches because refrigeration inhibits ripening and causes the fruit to become dry, mealy, and flavorless. Once peaches are ripe, however, they can be refrigerated from 5 to 7 days.
Sustainable Growing Methods
Sustainability in agriculture means meeting the food needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.
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