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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 on the tree.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

macoun applesOur 32 apple trees are distributed among 15 varieties which produce fruit from early September to late October. We have an interesting mix of old fashioned varieties including: Gravenstein, Golden Russet, Northern Spy and Westfield Seek-No-Further. Additional varieties and more traditional favorites include: Macoun, Cortland, Idared, Empire, Ruby John and Redcort. All of our trees are organically fertilized (with compost of course) and are minimally sprayed to protect from insects (plum curculio in particular) and fungal diseases (scab and brown rot).

2015 Peach Prices

First Quality – Eating & Cooking Peaches
1/4 Peck (1/2 small bag)  - - - - - $7.00

1/2 Peck (1 small bag) - - - - - -   $13.00

1 Peck (1 large bag) - - - - - - - -  $20.00

1 Peck = 8 Quarts

Second Quality – Canning & Freezing Peaches
 1/2 Peck (1 small bag) - - - - - - -  $8.00

 1 Peck (1 large bag) - - - - - - - -  $13.00

 1/2 Bushel (2 Pecks) - - - - - - - -  $25.00

2015 Apple Prices

First Quality – Eating & Cooking Apples
1/2 Peck (1 small bag) - - - - - - - - - -   $5.00

1 Peck (1 large bag) - - - - - - - - - - - -  $9.00

1/2 Bushel (2 large bags) - - - - - - - -  $16.00

Second Quality – Cooking Apples
1/2 Peck (1 small bag) - - - - - - - - - -  $4.00

1 Peck (1 large bag) - - - - - - - - - - - - $7.00

1/2 Bushel (2 large bags) - - - - - - - -  $12.00

peaches and blueberries over oatmeal
bill@bearpathfarm.com
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