Jersey Peach Events!
Sharpen up your senses! Our New Jersey peaches have hit the market! Is there anything closer to heaven than a perfect Jersey peach? Bounteous supplies are available this season, with near-perfect color and sweetness; you can hardly find a more delicious treat …and, they’re nutritious -- they're like having dessert - with healthy benefits!
Jersey-grown peaches are being celebrated with peach events and peach pie contests at community farmers markets, on-farm markets, restaurants and supermarkets around the state. So, come on! Get going! And get lots! They’re only in season from late June through mid-September!
“The weather gods shone on us this year,” says Santo John Maccherone, chair, New Jersey Peach Promotion Council and a major south Jersey grower. “My crop is coming in very strong, I’ve started picking, and public demand is healthy. It’s so rewarding to have people expressing appreciation for a product.”
At Holtzhauser Farms in Mullica Hill, the first two varieties of yellow (Desiree and Early Star) and white (Spring Snow and Manon) peaches are being picked, and Tom Holtzhauser is packing overtime to meet public demand, smiling all the while. His crop was decimated last year by frost. “I started picking June 20th, and customers are lining up to get my peaches,” he says. “My hours are 8am -6pm, and even at 6pm, I have customers waiting.” Holtzhausers grows 30 peach varieties and sells mainly retail from his farm.
Ron Thomas of Sunny Slope Farm in Hopewell is also a happy grower. “Our crop is clean, sweet, pretty and perfumes the air,” he says. We have a full crop and so far, no thunder storms have knocked fruit off the trees.” He’s picking and selling Sentry yellow variety now, and will have more varieties in a couple weeks.
At Melick's Town Farm in Oldwick/Califon, Pick-your-own peaches will be available starting July 4th, “And, there are plenty,” says John Melick. “Our peaches look wonderful this season, as compared to last year when we had a thin crop. We’ll have more than enough for the entire season, through Labor Day and beyond,”
Gary Mount of Terhune Orchards in Princeton says they've begun picking yellow and white varieties. “We have a terrific crop,” he says. "Our early yellows, Flamin Fury, are some of the best.”
Demarest Farms in Hillsdale has a bountiful, flavorful crop of yellow and white varieties, with Pick-your-own starting the last week of July.
Greg Donaldson of Donaldson’s Farms in Hackettstown concurs with growers throughout the state. “A warm January and February delayed ripening,” says Greg, “which encouraged large and flavorful fruit.”
Jersey peaches come in yellow-flesh, white-flesh and flat/doughnut varieties. They’re rich in nutrients, each peach containing Vitamin A (570 IU per peach): orange-yellow skin indicates large amounts of beta-carotene Potassium (333 mg per peach, Fiber (2.6 grams per peach), magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and more – all packed into just 60 calories.
They’re sweetened by natural sugars, and packed with vital nutrients (Vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, fiber and more) — it's like dessert with health benefits! They’re also low in calories (just 60 in a medium-size peach), no saturated fats and packed with …But don’t just associate them with dessert; they’re great in green salads, or cooked with pork, chicken or fish, and add flavor to chili!
Check out our Peach Calendar for great events coming up!