The Ultimate Guide for When and Where to Pick Fresh Peaches in West Michigan

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Summertime is officially in full swing, which means one thing – it’s peach season!  Here in West Michigan, we are lucky to have an abundance of fresh Michigan peaches.  If you’re looking for the best places to find them or wondering when the peak season is, you’ve come to the right place.  We’ll also give you tips on picking the perfect peach! Read on for all the info you need on picking fresh peaches on the west side of the state.  Happy peach picking!

When to Pick Peaches

The sweet, juicy taste of a fresh peach is one of the highlights of summer.  So when is the best time to pick a fresh peach in Michigan?  The answer may surprise you – it depends on the variety of peach you’re looking for!  For instance, if you’re hoping to find white peach varieties, the best time to pick them is typically from mid-July to early August.  On the other hand, if you’re looking for a yellow peach, the peak season is usually from late July to early September. Red Haven peaches, a Freestone variety, usually ripen mid to late August. To be sure, always call the farm before heading out to pick.

Here are some tips to help you know when your peaches may be ready to pick from your backyard peach tree.  Peaches typically ripen from late July to early September in Michigan.  To determine if a peach is ripe, gently squeeze it.  If it yields to pressure, it’s ready to eat.  You can also check for ripeness by looking at the color of the fruit.  Ripe peaches will be a deep yellow or orange color.  Finally, give the peach a sniff.  Ripe peaches will have a sweet, fragrant aroma.  With these tips, head to your backyard or local farm and enjoy some delicious Michigan peaches!

Where to Pick the Perfect Peach

Now that you know when to pick your peaches, where can you find them?  Many different u-pick farms in Michigan grow peaches, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place to pick them!  However, if you’re looking for a specific variety of peach, you may want to call ahead to the farm before making the trip.

If you’re looking for the freshest peaches, there’s no better place to find them than at a pick-your-own farm.  Not only will you enjoy the fruits of your labor, but you’ll also experience the wonderful outdoors and maybe even meet some new friends.  Many apple orchards in West Michigan can also serve as peach orchards, so if the apple is your other favorite fruit, be sure to find an orchard that will allow you to pick both. Picking fresh produce is excellent for having good, clean family fun!

Try searching online or asking your local farmers’ market to find a pick-your-own farm near you.  Once you’ve found a farm, call them to find out when their peach season starts and ends.

Here are some of the best places to pick peaches in the Southwest Michigan area. I recommend always calling ahead or checking the website before you drive there to confirm that the peaches are ripe, if they accept credit cards and if they have wagons available. After all, wagon rides are the best way to get kids and peaches around a u-pick farm!

Crane Orchards in Fennville, Mi

This beloved family-owned farm is open for peach picking from late July through early September, and peach lovers from all over flock to the farm to get their hands on these delicious fresh fruits.  The best time to pick peaches is typically in August, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead or check the farm’s website to see when the peak picking season is.  And when you head out to pick your peaches, don’t forget to bring a basket or bag to hold all your lovely loot!

As summer turns to fall, check out Crane Orchard’s pumpkin patch. Crane’s is not only the place for juicy peaches, but at the right time of year, you can also pick a great variety of apples, including honey crisp, macintosh, and red delicious, among others! Crane’s is full of rich Michigan history and has a stop on the Roadside Attractions app that I love to use when I travel.

Overhiser Orchards in South Haven, Mi

Overhiser Orchards is a fifth-generation fruit farm located in South Haven, MI.  The farm features over 50 acres of fruit trees, including apples, cherries, peaches, and pears.  Visitors are welcome to pick their own fruit during the peak season from late July to early September.  The best time to pick fruit is typically in the morning or evening when the temperatures are cooler.  Picking fruit can be a fun activity for the whole family, and it’s a great way to get fresh, local fruit.  For more information on hours of operation and availability, please visit the Overhiser Orchards website. 

This recipe for Grandma’s Apple Crisp with No Oats works great with peaches, too!

Blue Star Farms in Fennville, Mi

Blue Star Farms in Fennville is open for peach picking on Wednesday through Sunday from 8 am to noon.  The peak season for peaches is late July to early August, but the farm has a variety of sweet berries available throughout the summer.  Visitors are welcome to visit the farm store and try samples before picking their fruit, and the friendly staff is always on hand to answer any questions.  Whether you’re looking for a delicious dessert or a healthy snack, Blue Star Farms is the perfect place to get your fill of summer’s sweetest fruits.  Don’t forget to bring your own containers to bring your fruits home!

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Blok Orchard in Ada, Mi

Block Orchard is located in Ada (about 20 minutes North of Grand Rapids) and is a great place to pick peaches.  Three generations of the Blok family currently work at the orchard since 1965. The Blok bees are also friendly and produce delicious honey for purchase. The best time to pick peaches is during the hours of availability, Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm.  The sweet fruits are available during these hours, and the bees are very active.  The honey is also available during these hours.  

Grange Fruit Farm in Rockford

There’s nothing like a ripe, juicy peach picked fresh from the tree.  If you’re looking for a fun activity and delicious fruit, head to Grange Fruit Farm in Rockford. Peach picking is available from mid-August through September, and there’s no better place to get sweet, succulent peaches.  The best time to pick peaches is early morning when they’re nice and cool.  In addition to peaches, Grange Fruit Farm also offers a variety of other fruits, including apples, plums, and both tart cherries and black sweet cherries.  And after you’ve finished picking fruit, you can explore the corn maze or take a hayride.  So whether you’re looking for fresh fruit or a fun day out, check out Grange Fruit Farm.

How to pick the perfect peach

Peaches are a summertime staple, and there’s nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy peach.  However, picking the perfect peach can be tricky.  Here are a few tips to help you select the best fruit.

Ripe peaches will have a deep red or pink color and should yield to gentle pressure.  Avoid peaches that are bruised or have mushy spots, as these may be over-ripe.  To get the freshest peaches, look for ones still attached to the stem.  The stem itself should be green and fresh-looking. Sniff the peach – it should have a sweet fragrance.  If it doesn’t smell ripe, it probably isn’t.

Once you’ve found the perfect peach, enjoy it as soon as possible for the best flavor.

Wrapping it all up

When it comes to picking peaches, timing is everything.  Start thinking about those great peach recipes in early July, so you’ll be ready! And with these tips, you now know when and where to pick fresh peaches in Michigan.  Be sure to enjoy them while they’re in season! Well, what are you waiting for?  Get out there and start picking!

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