Uniquely suited to our Mid-Atlantic climate, Bennett Orchards grows 15 different varieties of yellow peaches, a variety of white peaches and a variety of nectarines due to their juice-dripping-down-your-chin succulence. The unique climate, soil, topography and salty sea-breeze of the Delmarva Peninsula make it one of the finest growing regions in the world for these delightful summertime delicacies. Estimated times of availability are approximate and vary from year to year so it is important to contact us by phone at 302 732 3358 or visit our homepage before each visit to pick-your-own Bennett Peaches or visit our homepage to see our daily farmers' market location and offering(s) at our 8 weekly coastal farmers' market locations in-season. In ordering of ripening, and lasting approximately one week per variety, Bennett Orchards grows the following varieties of Bennett Peaches and variety of Bennett Nectarines;
Sentry- a semi-freestone yellow peach that is the first Bennett Peach of the summer. This varietal comes "right out of the gate" with an impressive flavor, appearance and aroma, reminding you of what a real peach should taste like, especially after a peach-less winter.
Summer Serenade- a semi-freestone yellow peach and our second varietal of the year. This sweet, early season variety has a large size, beautiful appearance and practically sings to your tastebuds.
Ga-La- a semi-freestone yellow peach named after Georgia and Louisiana, of which region this famed variety originally hails from. As the name implies, it is truly a Southern Belle of a peach that also happens to be perfectly suited to our Southern Delaware climate. An excellent variety to continue your "peachy" summer journey.
Mid to Late July:
Redhaven- a yellow freestone peach, this first fully freestone peach of our season is a classic yellow peach that is considered to be the "gold standard" of peaches. Once you take a single bite, you'll immediately realize why. It's alluring, grandiose and luscious award-winning attributes make it not only a perfect snack but also great to bake with, can or freeze. This particular heirloom variety has been grown on Delmarva since the early 1940's.
Bellaire- a yellow freestone peach, this particularly large variety boasts an exceptionally succulent flavor and beautiful appearance. It is a part of the "Loring" family of peaches, making it truly a local favorite here on Delmarva.
Lucky #13- a yellow freestone peach that is as beautiful to look at as it is to eat. Boasting a beautiful red color shrouding a candied flesh, this variety is sure to hold a special place in every peach-lover's heart.
GloHaven- an heirloom yellow freestone peach, this delectable variety has an excellent deep yellow background shaded by a "glowing" red blush. This particular variety has been grown on Delmarva since the days it was sold by horse and wagon, making it a time-tested summer favorite, perfect to bite right into. It is also an ideal candidate for baking, canning and freezing.
BlushingStar (White)- a white freestone peach, and the only white variety of Bennett Peaches. This much anticipated local favorite has an elegant pink blush partially covering a white, velvety background color to conceal a creamy white flesh. Its delicate floral flavor has become beloved by all Bennett Peach fanatics over the years. Don't miss out as they're only available for about a week each summer.
Bounty- an heirloom yellow freestone peach, this beauty boasts an excellent flavor, appearance and texture. Its natural sweetness and juiciness remind your tastebuds why Bennett Peaches remain Delmarva's finest.
Loring- an heirloom yellow freestone peach, described by many as a "Royal Peach.” It boasts not only an impressive size but a classic yellow peach flavor that has become renowned on the Delmarva peninsula for over half a century . Don't just take our word for it, take one bite and with a juicy chin, you'll instantly realize why it is so famed.
GlowingStar- a yellow freestone peach, this "Shining Star" of peaches has a beautiful red "glow" enveloping an aromatic, saccharine yellow flesh that is perfect for any use.
Mid to Late August:
Messina- an Italian-style yellow freestone peach, featuring a colorful scarlet blush that fully engulfs a classic golden background color. However, the real beauty of this peach lies on the inside once you taste the succulent, juicy flavor that has become revered since we first planted it. Tracing it's name back to Italian ancestry, Messina lies on the island of Sicily, a famed fruit growing region in Europe where similar varieties have long been a tradition.
Fantasia (Nectarine)- a yellow freestone nectarine, and the only variety of Bennett Nectarines. These super-sweet, tree-ripened nectarines are regionally acclaimed, exposing what a true fresh-from-the-tree nectarine should taste like. These fuzz-free delights are only available for about a week each summer so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them. Additionally, they can be canned and freeze exceptionally well, like all other Bennett Peaches, for you to enjoy all winter long.
Jumbo Flaming Fury- a yellow freestone peach, this colossal Bennett Peach is the largest peach variety in the world! In fact, we tied the world record a few years back with these. While they're the biggest in the world, their honey-like flavor is also exceptional and the amount of flesh you get from just one of these peaches is unrivaled by all other varieties.
Flaming Fury #27- a yellow freestone peach, this attractive late season Bennett Peach has a crimson blush over a brilliant gold background color. Its splendid taste and syrupy flesh allow it to be a flawless successor to all of the afore mentioned Bennett Peach Varieties. When you see these in season, start stocking up as peach season will soon be over!
Flaming Fury #28- an heirloom yellow freestone peach, this dazzling, yellow variety is one of the concluding varieties of our season and begins to signify that Bennett Peaches are nearly finished for the season. While as sad as the thought of both summer and Bennett Peaches wrapping up for the season may be, the exquisite, delicious flavor of this variety pays homage to all of the wonderful Bennett Peach varieties enjoyed throughout the summer.
Encore- an heirloom yellow freestone peach, this variety is the final variety of Bennett Peaches for the summer, signaling, "That's all folks!" Always humongous, these last-of-the-season Bennett Peaches play an "ode to summer" for your tastebuds, allowing you to reminisce of a fine summer of Bennett Peaches. This variety also has a lengthier shelf-life when laid out at room temperature, allowing you to stretch your personal Bennett Peach Season just a little longer.
Please reference Softening, Storing & Freezing Bennett Peaches for information on how to soften, store & freeze Bennett Peaches tofully enjoy and maintain the exquisite flavor of all of our varieties of Bennett Peaches.
We also offer Farmstead Recipes for additional ideas on how to further enjoy Bennett Peaches.