Franklin County orchards are bearing delicious peaches all summer and many are expected to be producing through Labor Day.
August 11, 2017
August is National Peach Month and peach eaters for decades have known that “Chambersburg peaches” are among the sweetest and juiciest. Franklin County orchards are bearing delicious peaches all summer and many are expected to be producing through Labor Day.
Shatzer’s Fruit Market started its season with Sun High and Loring peaches to sell.
“These are all freestone peaches and are yellow, sweet and juicy,” a representative from Shatzer’s said, adding that the peaches will be available and picked this year until the middle of September. Later on in August, Cresthaven peaches will be picked for the market.
Benedict Produce in Chambersburg is selling several different varieties of freestone peaches as well. A freestone peach is easier to remove the flesh of the fruit around the pit which makes it quicker to process for sliced canned peaches or pie making.
Tawnya Tracey, co-owner of Tracey’s Orchards in Greencastle, said that this year has been a wonderful one and they are “very blessed” with their peach crops this year.
“Last year was a hard year with the frosts,” Tracey said. “This year we had really good rains and timely rains, and we worry if it has a washed-out flavor but we’ve been really blessed.”
The orchards have over 20 different varieties of peaches through mid-September, including earlier varieties such as Harbinger, Flaming Fury and more mid-season and early August peaches like Sun Haven, Sunhigh and Loring. The later season has other varieties such as Jersey Queen, Laurel and Victoria.
“It’s the prime time right now to can, freeze and eat peaches,” Tracey said. “There are a lot of versatile varieties.”
Other common peach varieties include Redhaven, Rich May, Garnet Beauty, Redskins, Biscoe and more. Redhaven peaches are among the earlier varieties of peaches in the season and is a semi-freestone which can be used for canning, freezing or just enjoying as a healthy snack.
Franklin County is home to an abundance of orchards, farms and…