Indian Cling Peaches Ripe–Nectarines Gone

Nectarines are gone for the season.

Indian Cling Peaches–the “pickling peach”

The red-flesh Indian Cling peaches are ripe. We have a small crop of them, so we won’t have them for very long. Indian cling are known as the pickling peach, are firm, fit nicely into canning jars, and have a pretty red flesh. They are not freestone and stick to the seed. I don’t know if any will be packed for the farmers markets. Please call the orchard salesroom for availability. 256-437-9254

We still have yellow and white freestone peaches, Asian Pears, purple seedless grapes, and several varieties of apples. Honey Crisp apples are very limited. Call the orchard before you come.


What’s Available–8/6/2018?

Orchard owner, Bob Deutscher, packing peaches

Summer fruit is great right now. Get it while you can. This is what we have this week. To check on availability before you make a trip to the orchard, call the salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00 at 256-437-9254.

    • Honey Crisp Apples–we have a few 3 lb bags of Honey Crisp today. It will be a couple of days before the pickers can get more. Call the salesroom for availability.
    • Ginger Gold Apples
    • Molly Delicious Apples
    White Peaches
    • Yellow, freestone peaches
    • Georgia Bell and other varieties of white, freestone peaches
  • Purple seedless GRAPES–red and green grapes are done for the season
  • NECTARINESWe are at the end of the nectarines, so call before you go to the orchard. We could run out at any time.

Honey Crisp Apples and Georgia Bell Peaches!

Today we just started getting in some Honey Crisp Apples. We usually are out of them within a week or two. Because of the limited supply, please call the salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00 to check on availability. 256-437-9254 We will have them in 3 lb, half peck, and one peck bags. We hope to have some available at the farmers markets.

Georgia Bell peaches were one of the first white varieties and many of our customers ask for them. We have some right now. Check with the saleroom before you drive to the orchard for them.

What’s Available Now–August 2, 2018!

Elli Anna and Ty, customer’s children

This is a great time to visit the orchard for summer fruit. Everything is at its peak. Some days we sell out of an item, so call the orchard salesroom before you come. 256-437-9254. We are open seven days a week, 8:00 to 5:00.

This is what we have this week.

  • Plenty of sweet yellow freestone peaches
  • White Peaches

    A good supply of the more delicate white freestone peaches that have an almost floral hint of flavor

  • Asian Pears

    Juicy nectarines

  • Crisp Asian pears
  • Purple, pink, and green seedless grapes. These have much more flavor than grapes from the store.
  • Buckingham apples just started getting picked this week. They are a firm, crisp green eating apple with a red blush.
  • Early Gold apples are good for applesauce or fried apples. I cook these half the amount of time as the later varieties.

We will soon start picking Gala apples and some other varieties, so watch for our posts.

We are currently going to these farmers markets. We often sell out, so come early!

Scottsboro: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7 am to noon

Winchester: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 am to noon

Guntersville: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 am to noon

Rainesville: Thurdays, 4:00-6:00 pm

Fort Payne, by train depot close to park, Chamber of Commerce market: Monday afternoons.

Peaches, Grapes, Nectarines, Pears, Apples!

White and yellow freestone peaches are available now. We also currently have Early Gold apples, nectarines and seedless grapes. We pick our amazing fruit everyday so please call the salesroom for fruit availability.

The Crow Mountain Orchard salesroom is open seven days a week from 8:00 to 5:00.

How to ripen and store fresh peaches

A common question from customers is how to keep their peaches. I took home a half bushel of peaches for me and my husband, and am now at the end of them. I didn’t lose any. Here is how to keep them as long as possible.

Ripe peaches are very fragile, and it is impossible to keep from bruising them while picking, packing, and just regular handling. They also have a very short shelf life. That is why we (and most orchards) pick them while they are still firm requiring you to let them ripen for a couple of days. Our packers separate out any ripe peaches which are sold at a discount in case you need a few ripe peaches that day.

When you get your box of firm peaches home, store them in the refrigerator. Unless you bought them to can or freeze all at one time, remove a few peaches at a time from the refrigerator to ripen. Lay them in a single layer. In a day or two, they should be ready to eat. My husband and I rotated through a large box of peaches doing this. We always had the right number of ripe peaches ready when we wanted them, but had them last for much longer than if I had let the whole half bushel ripen at once.  Once they have ripened, they can be put back in the refrigerator.

Occasionally, a customer returns to the orchard to complain that their fruit went bad. When questioned, they admit that they had not refrigerated it, but had kept it in a garage or “cool” back bedroom. Fruit will rot fairly quickly if not kept cold, like most perishable produce. The colder the better (above freezing) and the longer your fruit will last. I have eaten ripe peaches I picked off the tree, and peaches that I stored in my refrigerator. Once ripened, they taste the same.

More important is whether the peaches are locally grown and fresh-picked, not having been shipped a thousand miles or more. When I lived in Arizona and bought peaches at the store, they more often than not rotted before they got ripe and sweet. Kind of like waiting for a store-bought tomato to taste good.