The benefits of antioxidants aren’t just limited to the Westmoreland Farm berries! Peaches are a fantastic source for Vitamin C, as well, and are also known to combat the formation of free radicals that cause cancer. They also taste delicious! Would you believe that there are over 700 varieties of peaches, including nectarines, which are classified as the same species of fruit despite being commercially available and packed separately. The best tasting peaches will appear deep golden, and not pale or the usual red when it comes to berries. The texture will be soft, yet firm to the touch, and will often show small wrinkles to demonstrate ripeness.
How We Grow Peaches
Summer visitors of the Westmoreland Berry Farm often seek out the peach trees. Peaches are planted in the spring to ensure a proper supply for the summer rush. Peach trees can grow more than 20 feet tall (and even wider), so ensuring adequate spacing between trees is important for maximizing growth. Peaches prefer warm, sunny weather and do very poorly in freezing temperatures. The new peach trees need plenty of water in their first year, but need less and less as they age. Annual pruning is also undertaken to encourage new growth.
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Peach trees do well in moderate climates, but poorly in freezing temperatures.
When planted, peaches require watering weekly but need less as they get older.
Peach trees will bear fruit approximately three to five months after being planted.
Peach trees require annual pruning and trimming to encourage new growth.