the 2021 fruit season
Peaches revised 8/12
Most varieties set a good crop and the quality is looking great.
All of these peach varieties taste great! They are juicy and delicious when picked ripe. All of them can be eaten fresh, cooked, canned, dried or frozen. The following are some notable qualities about each variety and their approximate timeframe for 2021. Each of these peach, nectarine and plum varieties normally ripen over a period of 10-14 days.
Redhaven August 2. Excellent first of the season peach! Great for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Medium size. Semi-freestone. Also PF-13.
Red Globe August 12 Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Smooth texture. Large size. Freestone. Similar varieties in our orchard: Coralstar, PF 19, PF 24, Glohaven.
Gene Elberta August 18 Sweet, superb flavor. Great for canning, freezing and fresh eating. Winner of the Kelley family taste test narrowly edging out standard Elberta for best canned peach. Similar to Elberta in texture and size, freestone when fully ripe, but sometimes clings. Medium size.
Blushingstar August 18 Sweet and tangy white flesh. Very good fresh and dried. Medium size fruit. Freestone.
Elberta August 30 Long time favorite for canning. Easy to peel. Also wonderful for freezing and jam. Beautiful yellow flesh. Smooth texture. Medium size. Freestone. Early Improved is yellow with red blush. Standard is more greenish with blush and a few days later.
Hale September 1 Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Firm texture. Large round fruit. Freestone.
O’Henry September 13 Exceptional flavor. Wonderful for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Nice firm texture. Medium size. Freestone. Good keeper. Last of the season!
Very good crop, but lots of scarring on the fruit this year.
These are all great for fresh eating. Try canning or drying the freestones.
Firebright August 7. Extreme flavor! Tangy. Great for eating fresh, jam and pies. Medium size. Semi-freestone.
Grand Sweet August 18 Super sweet mild flavor. Great for eating fresh. Medium size. Clingstone.
Arctic Jay August 18 Excellent white flesh nectarine. Great for eating fresh and drying Good for canning/cooking. Medium size. Freestone.
Fantasia August 28 Great traditional flavor. Outstanding for eating fresh. Good for canning/cooking. Medium size. Freestone. Flavortop is similar, but a few days earlier.
Plums and Pluots
An excellent crop this year
Dapple Jack Pluot August 21 Delicious sweet flavor. Great for fresh eating, drying, jam. Medium size.
Catalina Plum August 27 Very good flavor. Great for fresh eating. Wonderful dried! Medium size.
Flavor King Pluot September 16 The King of Flavor. Sweet and tangy with a Santa Rosa plum flavor. Great for eating fresh. Good for drying and jam. Medium size. Freestone.
Dapple Dandy Pluot September 16 Delicious Tangy-sweet flavor. Great for eating fresh. Wonderful dried or for jam. Medium size.
Flavor Grenade Pluot September 16 Very sweet. Slightly crunchy, yet juicy with flavor that explodes in your mouth!
Angelino Plum October 5 Good for eating fresh. Firm texture. Medium size.
Not just Bartlett!
Pears come in a wide range of shapes colors and flavors. You will see some of these interesting varieties in the Barn from August through October. Ripening pears can be tricky, but in general set them out at room temperature and look for a little softening at the neck and other subtle signs like color and aroma.
Morettini August 16 Sweet, juicy, yellow when ripe.
Sunrise August 21 Sweet, juicy, yellow when ripe. Slightly sweeter than Bartlett when canned and dried.
Bartlett September 6 Sweet, juicy, yellow when ripe. The standard for canning.
Magness September 13 Very sweet, mild flavor. Non-gritty. Greenish, russeted appearance.
Blakes Pride September 13 Sweet, juicy very good pear flavor. Yellow when ripe.
Harrow Sweet September 26 Very sweet and juicy. Long skinny neck, ripe when starting to turn yellow. Stores well into winter.
D'Anjou September 26 Great pear to save in refrigeration up to Thanksgiving. Light green when ripe.
An excellent crop this year!
All of these apple varieties are suitable for cooking, fresh eating, and juice. Each apple has its own unique characteristics and the following are some notable qualities. Beginning Picking dates and (last date of availability from cold storage) are listed below.
Lodi July 26
Zestar! August 5 Delicious sweet-tart flavor. Light, crisp texture.
Gingergold August 5 Sweet, firm, dense.
Sansa August 10 Sweet, fruity flavor. Similar appearance to Gala
Gala August 30
Jonamac August 30 Very similar to McIntosh, but sweeter and milder. Excellent for pie and applesauce. Good for eating fresh.
Honeycrisp September 7 Super fresh eating and drying apple.
McIntosh September 14 (October 1) Unique tart flavor. Excellent for pie and applesauce. Cooks into a smooth sauce. Good for eating fresh. Medium size. Good keeper, but texture softens after 1 or 2 weeks.
Jonathan September 24 (October 31) Tart flavor. Crisp white juicy flesh. Long-time favorite for cooking. Also wonderful for juice. Medium size. Stays crisp for about two weeks.
Golden Delicious September 25 (December 15) Sweet flavor, light crisp texture. Great for fresh eating. Popular for applesauce. Medium size. Good keeper.
Jonagold September 25 (December 15) Nice blend of sweet and tart flavors. Crisp and very juicy. Great for fresh eating. Good for cooking. Large size. Stays crisp for a month.
Empire September 28 (October 31) This McIntosh-Red Delicious cross is a nice sweet, mild eating apple. Makes a smooth applesauce much like McIntosh, but milder and sweeter. Medium size.
Red Delicious October 1 Sweet, mild flavor. Ours is an old-fashioned variety with less color and more flavor. Good for fresh eating. Good for applesauce and juice. Medium size. Not the best keeper.
Rome October 5 Slighty tart mild flavor. Good for eating fresh. Wonderful for baked apples! Makes a smooth mild applesauce. Large size. Easy to pick.
Mutsu October 5 Sweet, juicy and delicious. Large.
Winesap October 19 Very firm, flavorful heirloom apple.
Fuji October 22 Our most popular apple. Very sweet flavor. Dense crisp texture. Fantastic for eating fresh and dried. Good for juice. Medium size. Excellent keeper. Stays crisp for months.
Granny Smith October 22 Very tart flavor. Nice firm texture. Exceptional for eating fresh, if you like a tart apple. A favorite for pies. Good for juice, applesauce and drying. Large size. Good keeper.
Goldrush October 30 Firm, dense, crisp apple. Very tart when picked, but becomes sweeter in storage. Great keeper.
Pie Cherries 2021
Montmorency red tart pie cherries are the very best for cooking and drying. The crop looks good for 2021 and we expect to start filling orders and allowing picking July 5