Approximately starting around early July and lasting through late August, Bennett Peaches have become a unique staple of summer on Delmarva with an approximate availability almost all of July & August. At Bennett Orchards, we offer 16 different varieties of yellow peaches, a variety of white peaches and a variety of nectarines, each uniquely suited to our Mid-Atlantic Climate. Lasting approximately one week per variety, these juice-dripping-down your chin varietals can be found on our Bennett Peach Varieties Page.
How to Pick Bennett Peaches
When selecting Bennett Peaches at our orchards on our Historic Bennett Farmstead, keep the following in mind for an effortlessly succulent summertime experience:
1. LOOK FOR THE PROPER COLOR - The ripest Bennett Peaches will have a deep yellow background color. The red color, or "blush," is not an indication of how ripe a peach is.
2. HOW FIRM SHOULD A PEACH BE? - A tree-ripened Bennett Peach is firm to the touch but will soon soften once picked and left out at room temperature for a few hours or days.
3. PICKING A BENNETT PEACH - Once you've got your eye on that perfect Bennett Peach, gently twist, as a ripe peach should separate easily from the branch.
4. VARY THE FIRMNESS - Select and pick Bennett Peaches of varying degrees of firmness, layering firmer peaches on the bottom of your Bennett Orchards' Box and softer ones on top.
Once home, remove all of your freshly-picked Bennett Peaches from your Bennett Orchards' Box and spread them out at room temperature, 1-2" apart. If you want to expedite the softening process of your peaches, you may place a few inside a paper bag and seal the top, preventing air from getting in or out. When inside a sealed paper bag, the beautiful aroma of Bennett Peaches, that tantalizes your nostrils, will help expedite the softening process. However, only do this with the ones that you want to eat in the next 12 to 24 hours and leave the rest spread out, as afore mentioned, unless you want them all ready-to-eat at once. Always be sure to never refrigerate Bennett Peaches. For more tips, tricks, and information on how to freeze Bennett Peaches please refer to Softening, Storing & Freezing Bennett Peaches.
Complimentary picking containers are provided for your convenience and Bennett Peaches are priced per pound with a 10 Lb Minimum. Our current price per pound is listed under "current picking conditions" on our homepage. Additionally, we offer a 10% discount when picking over 100 lbs. Wagons are also provided for use when picking, free of charge, to further facilitate your picking experience, making picking your own Bennett Peaches a "peachy," unique and fun experience for all ages. Please refer to "Your Picking Experience" for further information on the pick-your-own experience at Bennett Orchards. We always ask that you please check our website homepage or call 302 732 3358 for a daily update on picking conditions prior to your visit. See ya'll at the farm!