New Jersey peach season to kick off early July

Locally grown Jersey fresh peaches should be available in plentiful supplies from very early July until mid-September, according to the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.   

“Our season usually begins with the yellow-fleshed variety Sentry around July 4, with a sprinkling of very early white and yellow-fleshed peaches,” said Bonnie Lundblad, chair of the Council. “Our final shipments are around September 15, with the heaviest volume concluding around Labor Day. Late season varieties include Encore, Autumn Glo, Flame Prince and the new variety, Tiana.”  

“We target most promotions to consumers in New Jersey and the New England and mid-Atlantic regions from mid-July through Labor Day,” said Lundblad.

David Duffield of Duffield Farms grows a wide variety of white and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines throughout the New Jersey season. 

Matt Duffield, NJPPC director and operator of Duffield Farms in Sewell, Gloucester County, reports a variable crop of peaches in its plantings. He and his dad David grow a wide variety of white and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines throughout the NJ peach season. They anticipate each variety has a different crop load. “Our customers want a variety of fruit types which integrate with the extensive list of other produce items,” said David Duffield.
“We grow only tree-ripened fruit and sell locally at our farm market and community farmers' markets in southern New Jersey,” said Matt Duffield.

Joe Nichols of Nichols Orchards reports a lighter than normal crop of peaches and nectarines.

Joe Nichols, owner of Nichols Orchards in Franklin Township on the southern end of Gloucester County, reports a lighter than normal crop of peaches and nectarines. Nichols feels he has maybe about 60 percent of a crop because of some spring low-temperature injury. “Our crop varies from variety to variety and depending on the location of the block to wind machines, which ran a few times this spring. The machines and other bloom-delay techniques were worth the great expense in increasing our production. We expect to have peaches and nectarines to wholesale throughout the summer. Since we sell tree-ripened fruit, we expect strong demand,” said Nichols.

John Maccherone, NJPPC member, with his father Santo John own Circle M Farms in Salem County, New Jersey. Circle M has a full crop of peaches and nectarines this season. “We have many varieties of white and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines, most of which are being thinned for improved fruit size and quality,” said Maccherone. “We expect a much better season with good demand compared to 2021 when the pandemic hampered our marketing program.” The Maccherones pack and wholesale under the Circle M label.  

For more information:
Pegi Adam
New Jersey Peach Promotion Council
Tel: +1 (973) 256-0460 

Jerry Frecon
Tel: +1 (856) 207-7123 

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