How to handle peaches for the best quality
Tree ripe for the best flavor outside the orchard
In order for us to provide you with the best peach experience possible, we allow the fruit to ripen on the trees. Ideally you would be able to join us in the orchard for a truly unique peach experience. But if you are finding us out in your local community; at farmers markets, road side stands, or local fundraisers, there are some things you need to know.
First, check your peaches to make sure none of them are ready to eat right now. Then eat them! Ready to eat peaches should smell like a peach, have little or no green at the stem, and give just a little when you press on them. If there are more than you can eat right away, you can store ripe peaches in the fridge for about 10 days.
Second, look at the color of your firm peaches. Those with more green/yellow color at the stem are going to take a bit longer to ripen. Because we let our peaches ripen on the tree this will only take about 2-4 days. If you are in a very big hurry, you can place the firm peaches in a brown paper bag, roll down the top, and let them sit over night, 1-2 days.
For long term storage of peaches you can freeze them. Peeled or unpeeled, slice your peaches into wedges, spread them out on a sheet pan or tray and freeze solid. Once they are frozen, place them into a freezer bag and they will retain their sweet flavor for 6 months or more.
Make sure you are checking your peaches for ripeness every day so you don't lose any of them.