The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to try the delicious, sweet peaches being produced by the local orchards into September.
Franklin County peaches make delicious pies, cakes, are perfect for canning and even just as a healthy snack!
August is National Peach Month and peach eaters for decades have known that “Chambersburg peaches” are among the sweetest and juiciest. Franklin County orchards have been bearing delicious peaches all summer and many are expected to be producing through Labor Day.
Shatzer’s Fruit Market in Chambersburg said, “We’ll most likely be selling them up through September 15.”
Hess Orchards in Chambersburg has Cresthaven, Redskin and Autumn Star peaches ready for sale. They said many of their customers decide to can and freeze the peaches for later in the year. They also have had many customers say they are turning their delicious peaches into pies and cakes.
Benedict’s Produce in Chambersburg is selling several different varieties of freestone peaches. 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. Benedicts will have peaches after Labor Day as well.
Tawnya Tracey, co-owner of Tracey’s Orchard in Greencastle, says the early freeze definitely damaged the early crops of stone fruits, like peaches, this year but they have five varieties of peaches left to pick and there will be peaches available into September.
“I recommend Creshaven peaches,” she said. “It’s a personal favorite of mine and it’s a freestone peach. It’s a good, sweet peach that doesn’t deteriorate fast and it’s versatile, can be used for canning, baking and eating.”
Other common peach varieties are Redhaven, Loring and Sun High, which are showing up at local fruit stands and markets. 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. The Loring variety is popular for freezing, canning and is a freestone peach. Sun High peaches ripen in mid-August and are an excellent freestone peach for canning and freezing.
Franklin County is home to an abundance of orchards, farms and fresh markets ready to be explored. For more information on peaches and the fresh foods of Franklin County, check out the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s Franklin Fresh guide here.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Discover more….plan your visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com , by contacting 866.646.8060, 717.552.2977 or by paging through the online visitors guide.