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Plenty of Peaches at the Orchard!

There is a severe shortage of peaches in the Southeast this year due to a freeze–BUT NOT AT CROW MOUNTAIN ORCHARDS! You can still get a deal on #2 quality peaches (smaller, blemished)–two 1/2 bushel boxes for $25! If you prefer #1 quality, we have plenty of those too. Come by the orchard salesroom this weekend for the best peaches of the season. We also have Early Gold apples, limited supply of nectarines, and seedless grapes. We are at the Guntersville, Scottsboro, and Winchester farmers markets this morning–until we run out of fruit.

 

See at Section, AL Farmers Market today!

Yellow Peaches

CROW MOUNTAIN ORCHARD will be at the Section, AL Farmers Market today, Friday, July 14, 2-5. We will have freestone peaches, Early Gold apples, and a limited number of seedless grapes.

Ripening and Storing 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 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.

Seedless Grapes Are Ripe!

Seedless Grapes

Seedless grapes are here!! We are just now spot picking. I would call before you make the trip to the orchard as we only have a limited quantity right now. Currently, white and yellow freestone peaches, early gold apples, nectarines and green pears are available.

Freestone Peaches Are Here!

Customers Ty & Elli Anna

Our yellow freestone peaches are ripe and available at the orchard salesroom and our farmers market booths. We also have plenty of white freestone peaches, nectarines, and Early Gold apples.

We have 1/2 bushel boxes of #2 quality peaches (smaller or blemished) on sale–2 half bushel boxes for $25. Bring a friend and share!

Here are the prices and container sizes available in the salesroom. Sizes and prices may vary at the farmers markets.

Peaches–Yellow or white freestone

  • 1 qt                     $4.00
  • 2 qt                     $7.00
  • ½ peck                $9.00
  • 1 peck              $13.00
  • ½ bushel          $25.00

Apples–early gold

  • 3 lb                      $3.00
  • ½ peck                $6.00
  • 1 peck              $10.00
  • ½ bushel          $16.00

Nectarines

  • 2 qt                     $7.50

 

Closed on July 4th

The orchard will be closed on July 4th to allow our family and employees to celebrate Independence Day with their families. We will be open July 3 and will reopen on July 5. Everyone have a safe holiday!

Early Gold Apples and Nectarines!

Early Gold Apples

Crow Mountain Orchard salesroom has just started getting in some Early Gold apples and a few nectarines.

Early Gold are always the first apples to get ripe in the season. They are a summer green apple, crisp and a bit tart. They can be used to cook with, but only take about half the time to cook as later apples. They always remind me of the big green apple tree that was in my grandparents’ yard in West Virginia when I was a kid. We have them in the salesroom in the following sizes:

  • 1/2 peck      $6
  • 1 peck          $9
  • 1/2 bushel  $16

Nectarines are very limited right now. We have them in the salesroom for $7.50 for a 2 quart box.

We have plenty of peaches right now–Red Haven semi-cling yellow peaches and white freestone peaches. In the salesroom we have them in the following sizes:

  • 1 qt box        $4
  • 2 qt box       $7
  • 1/2 peck      $9
  • 1 peck          $13
  • 1/2 bushel $25

Sizes, varieties, and prices may vary at the farmers markets. For availability, please call the orchard salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00, 7 days a week, at 256-437-9254.