|Many years before compost became the primary product of Bear Path Farm, a small orchard of peaches and apples was planted. As years went by, many prunings later, the trees matured, and began their annual cycle of fruiting. Most of our fruit is sold at a self-serve roadside stand at the farm on Webber Road.
Peaches in New England can be a sporadic crop. They typically bloom a week or so before the apples making them more susceptible to damage from late spring frosts. But peaches have another weather villain which apples don’t. Prolonged periods of extremely cold winter weather, usually accompanied by strong winds, frequently desiccate the peach fruiting buds effectively destroying their ability to bloom. However, when the weather has been good to us, and the peaches have been carefully thinned and minimally sprayed, the crop can be so beautiful looking that it’s hard to keep the fruit stand stocked with these delicate, tasty fruits.
There are presently 49 peach trees at Bear Path Farm distributed among 15 varieties which produce fruit from early August to the middle of September. Some of our favorite varieties include: New Haven, Flamin Fury, Madison, Redhaven and Bellaire. When peaches are picked within a day or so of being tree ripe, there is absolutely no comparison in both flavor and texture to what is normally sold at most supermarkets