Turkey Knob's peach season kicked off last Friday with the first 50 or so cartons being picked by mid-afternoon.  The first variety is a cling peach that was developed by the avid peach tree breeder, Paul Friday.  Mr. Friday numbered his different cultivars (PF-1, PF-7, PF-Eight Ball, etc.).  Turkey Knob is proud to offer a number of the Paul Friday varieties, including cling and freestone peaches.  We also produce Red Haven peaches; a white flesh peach, known as the White Lady; and another wonderful variety series, the Stellars (Blazing Star, Coral Star, etc.).  We will post regular updates to our Facebook page when each variety is being packed.  

All of our peaches are either cling/semi-cling or free stone.  Cling peaches are best for eating fresh, baking, and making homemade ice cream.  The free stone peaches are best for canning, freezing, making preserves or fresh eating as the flesh separates from the pit rather easily.

Peaches can be ordered online and shipped to your home or given as a gift to a family member, friend, customer, or business associate.  Alternatiely, pre-ordered peaches may be picked up at Turkey Knob’s fruit market or company headquarters.  Peaches purchased at the fruit stands are avalaible by the bushel, half bushel, and pecks.

As the summer heats up, there's nothing better than a juicy, delicious peach from the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  Peaches are a very good source of vitamins A and C and are also rich in Potasium and Niacin.  Be sure and order yours today.  Here is a wonderful peach recipe that can be enjoyed with vanilla ice cream or even homemade peach ice cream.  

Peach Crisp

Ingredients:

6 to 8 peaches, peeled and sliced

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup sifted all-purpose whole wheat or regular flour

¾ cup rolled oats

½ cup brown sugar, packed or ½ cup Splenda

1/3 cup margarine or butter

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Put peaches in a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

Sprinkle with lemon juice.

Mix flour, oats, and brown sugar.

Cut in margarine with pastry blender.

Spread over the peaches and bake for 30 minutes or until peaches are tender (check with a butter knife).

Serve warm with ice cream! Enjoy!