Hewes Crab blossom The Orchard at Sage Hen Farm: Peaches

Descriptions of varieties presently growing in our orchard in Lodi, NY.



Our Peaches include these varieties:
Contender, Garnet Beauty, Glowing Star, Madison, Redhaven, Rochester, Saturn, Veteran

They are listed below in order of harvest.

For descriptions of other fruit trees grown at Sage Hen Farm, go to our pages forApples, Pears, Plums & Cherries.

Variety
Origin
Date
Fruit
Size
Skin Flesh

Bloom

Harvest

Rootstock
&
Hardiness
Year 

Merits & Faults

Harrow Diamond
(Redskin x Harbinger)
Ontario, released in 1984
small to medium predominantly red over yellow red bleeding into deep yellow, firm, slow or non-browning; freestone

late April into May


usually around August 4

to z4
Halford

2011

tree: medium vigor; light cropper; susceptible to peach leaf curl; somewhat disease resistant

fruit: less sweet, rather acidic for a peach

Garnet Beauty
(Redhaven bud mutant)
Ontario, discovered in 1951, released in 1958
large to very large predominantly red over yellow yellow, firm, non-browning, semi-freestone

late April into May


usually around August 8

to z5
Halford

2009
first fruit 2013
tree: naturally large; somewhat less susceptible to peach leaf curl 

fruit: very similar to Red Haven

Redhaven
(Hale Haven x Kalhaven)
Michigan, developed 1940, introduced 1948

medium predominantly red over golden yellow yellow with red around pit, very firm, non-browning, semi-freestone

late April into May


usually around August 15

to z5
Halford

2005, 2007
, 2015

 

tree: naturally large, heavy cropper (needs thinning); somewhat less susceptible to peach leaf curl

fruit: became the standard for flavor and juiciness almost since it was introduced

Saturn
(Doughnut
)
(cold-hardy strain of Peento)
NJ, introduced 1990; first Peento was imported from China in 1869.
small, very oblate white, with red blush; little fuzz usually; skin peels easily white, soft, freestone

mid April into May


usually around August 15

to z5
Halford 

2008
first fruit 2018

tree: very heavy cropper; fruit does not hang well; somewhat disease resistant

fruit: very sweet – some complain too sweet and not enough peach flavor, some describe a hint of almond

Rochester
(Early Crawford x open pollinated)
NY 1900
Rochester peach

variable, medium to large red over yellow yellow, browns quickly, medium soft, freestone to semi-freestone

late April into May


usually around August 30

to z4
standard

2008
first fruit 2013

tree: naturally large, upright spreading; susceptible to peach leaf curl

fruit: classic peach flavor

Special: more popular in England than in US; was the most popular peach on the Puget Sound islands during the early 20th Century; very rare in the US.

Contender
(Summercrest x Redhaven)

N.C. 1987

Contender peach

med to large predominantly red over yellow yellow, firm, non-browning, freestone

early May


usually around September 4

to z4
Halford 

2008
first fruit 2016

tree: naturally small, reliable, heavy cropper; somewhat less susceptible to peach leaf curl, somewhat disease resistant.

fruit: has been called the "most flavorful, fresh eating peach" 

Veteran
(Early Elberta x Vaughn)
Veteran peach Vineland, Ontario
1928

medium to large yellow to yellow-orange, with little red; heavy fuzz, skin peels easily yellow, browns quickly, soft, more semi-freestone than freestone

late April into May


usually around September 7

to z4
Halford

2007
first fruit 2013
tree: naturally large; dependable cropper; susceptible to peach leaf curl.

fruit: known as a canning peach, it is quite rich and peachy for fresh eating.

 
Glowing Star
(from Stellar series)
Michigan, post-1990


Lodi apple
medium large predominantly bright red yellow, firm, non-browning, freestone

April 27 (est.)


usually around September 10

to z5
Halford 

2009
first fruit 2013
tree: naturally large, fruit hangs well; susceptible to peach leaf curl.

fruit: good balance of sweet and acid; less juicy

Madison
(Redhaven open pollinated)
Virginia 1963

medium bright red, little fuzz orange yellow, browns quickly, very firm but tender, freestone

late April into May


usually around September 10

to z5
Halford 

2015
first fruit 2018
tree: naturally large; hardy;  somewhat less susceptible to peach leaf curl; somewhat disease resistant.

fruit: rich flavor, less juicy


NOTE: Growing peaches in a frost pocket in the Finger Lakes region of New York State has been a challenge. We do not expect peach harvests every year, and we do not expect bountiful peach harvests more than once in three to five years.


 

This page written and maintained by John R. Henderson [jhenderson @ ithaca.edu].
Last modified: 1 October 2018

URL: http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/peach.html