If you love peaches and enjoy getting out with the family for a fun
activity, head on out to a pick your own peach farm and take home fresh,
fully ripened, and flavorful peaches --- peaches that you aren't able
to get at the local supermarket.
Little known fact: The Garden State is the 4th largest peach producer in the country
Peach picking season begins in early July and runs to the middle of September, depending on varieties and weather conditions.
Fully ripened peaches should be picked when the fruit can be easily removed from the branches, otherwise they are not fully ripened.
Peaches will not ripen after separation from the tree --- they will only "soften".
Check the color when picking. The deepness of the red coloring varies with the variety of the peach and is not always a true indicator of ripeness.
Yellow varieties ripen to an orange skin tint while white varieties changes from greenish to yellow-white. Green skin is always a sign of an unripened peach.
You can't always rely on the color red as an indicator of how ripe a peach is. Softness is another indicator of a peach being ripe for picking. For a fresh, fully ripened peach, it should have a little give when gently pressed.
Peaches can be kept refrigerated for a week in a refrigerator. For best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after picking.
Note: As weather conditions dictate the growing seasons and picking times, it is suggested that you call the farms to confirm the picking schedule and special events or for additional information on their activities.