Pick Your Own Peaches
Pick your own provides a fun experience! Picking your own provides the freshest, healthiest choice of fruits and veggies grown here at Highland Orchards. All of our PYO produce is available pre-picked in our market.
Our PYO peaches were impacted by a late season frost and peaches are scarce in the PYO area. While we don’t think we’ll have enough peaches to open PYO this season, delicious Highland’s Own peaches are available in our market from other areas of the orchard.
**UPDATE** The sun, excessive heat, and rains have had a positive impact on our peaches! PYO is available and the peaches are the size of softballs! Mother Nature is FUN! PYO is available for most of August
Tips & Techniques
Peaches are extremely delicate and need careful handling when being picked, transported, or stored. Refrigerate peaches promptly after picking and eat, can, or freeze within a few days.
Our peaches grow on trees about 8’ tall, a step ladder is usually not needed. When picking peaches ignore any red color, it’s the background color that indicates ripeness. If the peach is all red, look near the stem. If you see true yellow or white, you’re good to go even if the fruit is firm. If the ‘background’ color is a shade of green leave it on the tree to ripen.
Keep peaches in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Pick firm ripe peaches.
After picking get fruit cold ASAP, chill the fruit all the way to the pit. After chilling peaches, it’s okay to leave some out on the kitchen table to ‘soften’.
Which are sweeter/better, yellow or white peaches?
It is a personal preference. Both are sweet, juicy and delicious, but most likely you’ll prefer one over the other. Often people comment that white peaches are more aromatic.
Upon arrival please come into the Farm Market to prepay for fruit and picking containers (type of container depends on the crop). We will ask you how many adults and how many children ages 2-10 are in your group.
We will use this information to give you the appropriate number of tokens and meet minimum purchase requirements. Let us know if you have more than 15 people in your group so we can make special arrangements for you.
- Prepay for fruit and picking containers.
- Picking is only allowed using our containers.
- Mini baskets hold about 3lbs of berries.
- Regular basket hold about 6 lbs of berries.
- Read and follow instruction on our signs.
- Pick in designated areas only.
- There is a minimum picking requirement based on the number of people in your group.
- Wash your hands and fruit before eating.
- No pets allowed on the shuttle, in the field or in the farm market.