Phillips Orchards & Cider Mill

  (Saint Johns, Michigan)
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Peaches

We are harvesting Canadian Harmony peaches now....and they'll continue for about another week.  The middle of next week Coralstar and PF 19-007 will begin harvest.  Our peaches should continue for about 3 more weeks, so get yours before the season is over.  Call 989-292-5252 for updated availability or to order in advance.
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Brightstar Peaches

Excellent early season flavor, Brightstar peaches are now ready.

 Available at the orchard, call 989-292-5252 with any question or to order in advance. 

 
 

Earlystar Peaches

Fresh, Juicy Peaches are now ready! Earlystar Peaches are now ready.  They are 80 - 90% red blushed and beautiful, they do tend to cling to the pit, like all early peaches, but are great for fresh eating.  They aren't recommended for freezing or canning, but since they are weeks earlier than main season peaches....we don't complain.

 Call to order for pick up at the farm or we'll have this Saturday at the Saint Johns Farmer's Market. 

 
 

Peach Season Is Only a Month Away

The 2011 peach crop is shaping up nicely.  We have 12 varieties of peaches and the season should run from late July until early September.  So start licking your lips for our homegrown Michigan peaches.
 
 

Peaches - Thinning and Crossing our Fingers

Thursday I'm calling the peach thinning for the year about 90% complete.  I've thinned all the peaches twice already, but as they continue to grow, you always notice some that should have been thinned, so we'll have a little touch up thinning to do over the next month or so.  The fruit set was much lighter this year compared to last season.  I believe this was due to several freeze events during and shortly after bloom that reduced the fruit set.  When I did the first pass of thinning on the 3 year old peach trees, I thought we would have a nice crop on them, however now it's looking quite a bit lighter.  Hopefully as they continue to grow, the crop will look better.  The older trees have a better crop.  This is probably because they are higher off the ground, and therefore withstood the cold nights better.

Now I need to figure out how to keep the deer out of the young peach trees. Last year, they ate almost every peach off our young trees, just a day or so before I was ready to pick them.  I'm resigned to the fact that a real deer fence will be the ultimate solution, but I'll have to come up with something in the next month or so to give us a fighting chance this season.

 
 
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