It is Palisade peach season. Probably the best peaches I have ever sunk my teeth into. Super juicy, fragrant, and simply delicious. If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying a Palisade peach, let me give you the low down on theses delectable treasures. The Grand Valley, where the peaches are grown, has hot days and cool nights which are a perfect combination for bringing out the natural sugars in the peaches and growing big fruit. I grew up eating peaches in California, and no offense to California but the peaches were always very dry, mealy, and tart. They were picked too early for transport and were not given enough time to develop enough natural sugar (thanks visitgj for this information). So, you can imagine my amazement and pure joy when I bit into a chin-dripping Palisade peach for the first time. Yummy!
There are two types of Palisade peaches, cling and freestone. Both terms refer to the way the peach sticks to the pit. Cling peaches stick to the pit and freestone peaches don’t. I like both but prefer freestone peaches when cooking. They are just easier to cut into when making cobblers or adding them to my overnight oats.
We usually buy our peaches at the local Farmers Markets or we take the short drive to Palisade and buy them at the various orchards.
Recently, we decided to pick our own peaches. We randomly stopped at Mt. Lincoln Peach Co. We went later in the day and on a weekday so it was quiet, which I love. When we arrived we received a box for gathering the peaches, we were also given a map showing which trees were ready for peach picking, and we were on our way. It was a fun experience. The orchards are green and lush with tons of ripe peaches that are extremely fragrant. While picking peaches, a perfect view of Mt. Garfield, the Bookcliffs, and the Grand Mesa can be seen in the distance. Helpful tip: wear closed toe shoes, preferably tennis shoes. The orchards were a little muddy and I was wearing a pair of dressy flats, not a good idea!
A city girl, it was really neat seeing chickens and roosters nearby making the whole experience “a little country.” I loved it. The pick your own peaches at this location were $1.00 a pound. We ended up buying $8.51 (to be exact) worth of peaches. We went home and I immediately made peach cobbler. So good!
There are many orchards and “you pick” orchards in Palisade, please visit– visitpalisade.com for more information.
If you haven’t had a Palisade peach yet, don’t worry, Palisade peach season usually runs until September. Also, you can celebrate Palisade peaches at the annual Palisade Peach Festival, August 17-20, 2017. For more festival information please visit–palisadepeachfest.com
Check out–“Selecting the Perfect Palisade Peaches,” at visitgrandjunction.com
Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts on Palisade peaches.