Rock Hill Orchard has always been known for the quality of its peaches. It seems that peach trees thrive on our soil. Each week, we have one or more varieties of peaches available to pick. We manage our trees so that you can easily pick the peaches from the ground without any need for a ladder. We also offer several varieties of picked peaches in our market if you can't make it out to the trees today. There is nothing better than eating a ripe peach off the tree! Our youngest son reports that the limit of how many fresh peaches than can be eaten one after the other is 14 peaches!
2016 Peach Update
As many of you already know, there were several nights of freezing temperatures this past April. Unfortunately, this coincided with the peach bloom here at Rock Hill Orchard and most of the Mid Atlantic and North East region. This means an awful lot of our peach crop ended up as frozen flower petals.
As each peach is pretty special to us this year, leave the picking to us this year. We don't want even one tasty peach ending up on the ground by accident. We want them all to end up in the market and in your stomach!
Pick a "firm" peach from the tree and then let it ripen at home. Peaches (unlike apples) will ripen off the tree. Roll the peaches off the tree with your cupped hand so that you don't leave finger prints. Then put them gently into your basket. We provide cardboard boxes to pick into to minimize the possibility of the peaches getting squished. If you want to keep your peaches for several days, store them in the refrigerator, then take out and put on the counter for several days before eating.
We grow many varieties of peaches at Rock Hill Orchard and list their approximate ripening dates below.
"My Wife and I visited yesterday and we wanted to write you what a great experience we had. The market had a wonderful selection, but our real treat was picking the tomatoes and eggplant. You should have seen the look on my Wife's face when she found a few giant eggplants hidden away! And aside from the experience, everything was SO delicious. I never drink milk, but on a whim I got a half gallon and it's already halfway done. And kudos to Mary, who was super helpful with advising on peach-picking.
Thanks so much for the work you all do and we look forward to coming back!"