Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Suncrest Peach Emergency

We now have too many ripe Suncrest peaches at the fruit stand.  Suncrest peaches are a sweet, juicy yellow heirloom peach that are difficult to find. Although they are very delicious, Suncrest ripen quickly and are fragile.
Since they don't ship well or keep for an extended period of time, they aren't sold in major grocery stores.  We can sell soft and ripe Suncrest at the fruit stand because the peaches are picked into boxes and brought directly to the fruit stand, there's no need for packing and shipping.

Suncrest peaches are now at a reduced price at the fruit stand. Right now we have lots of these flavorful peaches, but we won't for long, since once they're picked they don't keep.

Saving Suncrest peaches and his family farm is the subject of the David Mas Masumoto's book,  Epitaph for a Peach--Four Seasons on My Family Farm.  David Masumoto has written a lot of other good books related to his farm and his family history that are worth reading, too. His latest is a peach cookbook called The Perfect Peach:  Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm.
Here's what's at the fruit stand now: 

  • Peaches--Suncrest, Gene Elberta, 49'er, Delight (all yellow varieties), Arctic White, White Lady, Babcock, Silver Logan (white varieties)  
  • Plums--Santa Rosa, Black Amber, Laroda, 
  • Pluots--Dapple Dandy, Flavor Queen
  • Blackberries--wild from around the orchard 
  • Valencia Oranges
  • Vegetables--Tomatoes (regular, cherry, heirlooms), Zucchini, Summer Squash, Swiss chard, Eggplant (small Japanese and small Italian types), Cucumber (Japanese, Armenian, lemon), beans (green and Chinese long), peppers (sweet)
  • Herbs--Oregano, Mint, Basil (cut if you ask) 
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard 
  • Free Range Chicken eggs
  • Beeswax candles--handmade 100% beeswax
  • The Art of Real Food Cookbook--by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenney

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