Fruit Acres
Farm Market & U-Pick

SWEET, JUICY
TREE-RIPENED
FRESH
PEACHES

FARM MARKET
Open Everyday 9am-7pm
June thru October

I-94 at Exit 39 Coloma
in Beautiful Southwest Michigan
just minutes from Lake Michigan

Farm Market Address:

3452 Friday Road Coloma MI 49038

Call or Text Annette (the owner) at (269) 208-3591

E-mail fruitacres@iserv.net

U-PICK PEACHES

With FreeWagon Rides
& Free Picnic Area with Playground & Volleyball Net

U-Pick Peach & Apple Address:

2789 Friday Road Coloma MI 49038

Current Weather at Coloma, Michigan



 

A Note from Annette and Randy:

As of July 27, 2014 Fruit Acres Farms U-Pick now is open everyBrightstar Peaches to Pick off the tree yourself weekend with U-Pick Peaches. Peach U-Pick is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm. The last hayride leaves for the orchard at 4:30. So you cannot go u-pic after 4:30. We are 1 hour later than Chicago time. The peaches are $.99 per pound. On August 2 & 3 we are picking Brightstar Peaches. We hope to upick Red Haven peaches (maybe some Baby Gold type Cling Peaches too) on August 9 & 10. Please check back closer to the date. Brightstar Peaches are a good early eating peach BUT if you want great sweet juicy big peaches, you will want to wait until August 9-30 for the best all around peaches. We pick a different variety of peach every week. We do give you a free bag for the peaches but if you want the basket it is an extra $3. You are welcome to bring your basket back from last year for you to use and take with you. We will have u-pick peaches every weekend now through September. Peaches are ripening very slowly this year because of all the cool weather we have been having. If the peaches you buy are very hard, please just set them on the counter for 2-3 days until they are getting soft. Do not put them in a plastic or paper bag.

Fruit Acres Farm Market is now Sweet Juicy Apricots from our own farmselling Sweet Juicy Delicous Apricots, fresh from our farm. They are $5.99 quart, $2.99 pound or $24.99 for a 10 pound box. They are so sweet and good this year. On order we have #2 ugly apricots. They have skin defects on them but they are not rotten. That is what I recommend if you are making jam or cutting them up for your project. They are $20 for a 20 pound box. Sorry there is no u-pick for Apricots.

Fruit Acres Farm Market is open with Our Own Sweet EarlyGold Plums Sweet Local Bluecrop Blueberries10 pound box $22.99, $2.99 pint, & $4.99 quart. Bluecrop Blueberries are the best kind for flavor, and overall the best kind of Blueberry. We will have Bluecrop Blueberries for about 2 more weeks.

Fruit Acres Farm Market is now selling Sweet Earlystar Peaches, & 2 sweet eating plums, both fresh from our own farm. We have Local sweet Peaches n Cream Sweet Corn from our regular corn grower that is sweet & delicious. First of the season Sweet Local Cantaloupe, Jalapeno Peppers & Hot Banana Peppers. Local Red Ripe Tomatoes (when available), Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Green & Yellow Beans, Michigan Lettuce, Green Pepers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cucumbers, Pickles, Beets, Turnips, & Herb Plants. This is all from local farms within 20 miles of our farm market.

Fresh Sour (Tart) Pie Cherries are done for this year. We do always have frozen pitted Sour Pie Cherries (no added sugar) that are individually frozen. So you can pour some out to use and reseal the bag. 2 1/2 pound bags for $8.99. On order I can get a 30 pound box of non sugar sour cherries for $50. I need 2 days notice and I can only get them Monday - Friday.

Gas in Michigan is currently $3.45 gallon.

Now for an update of the crops. Most varieties of Peaches, Plums and Apples all have a good crop. We are excited about all the crops this year! We are very blessed to have as much fruit as we do this after the very very cold winter. There are many farms that are not as fortunate.

Fruit Acres Farm Market has been in the same location since 1963 & owned by the same family. For those that have never visited us before, we are the old fashioned open air Farm Market. My goal is to supply you a large assortment of the best tasting local produce I can get. We sell a large assortment of Fruits and Vegetables, alot of jams, jellies, fruit salsa, honey & Apple Cider (we make from our own apples) in the fall. Across the road is a converted gas station that sells some fruits and vegetables, but also sells alot of other stuff too. That is not Fruit Acres. Please visit the original (the oldest) Farm Market in the area.

 

Turn Here when you see this sign!Fruit Acres Farm Market

Sweet Delicious Peach Varieties

Grown and Sold at

Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick

This year 2012, we are currently running 2-3 weeks ahead of normal.

Ripening Dates are approximate and may vary as much as 2 weeks year to year either earlier or later

Time for picking? Check the Harvest Time page

Early Season Peaches

July 10 - August 4

  • Phil's Pride - July 10 to 15 - The earliest peach we grow and it is white flesh. Pink and white skin on a small fruit. It has good flavor with soft flesh that is good for fresh eating within a few days. Available at the farm market only.
  • *Stellar peaches Brightstar & Earlystar - July 16 to 27 - Very attractive red, large (2 1/2"+) peach with a sweet peach flavor and comes off the pit when soft. They are the best varieties for this early season but still only for fresh eating. Available at the farm market only. You can be one of the first people to try these new superior varieties.
  • Risingstar - July 28 to August 4 - Beautiful early peach with 70% red skin, firm flesh and good flavor. Large size (2 3/4"+) for fresh eating or baking. Not recommended for canning. Available at the U-Pick, farm market and wholesale.
Earlystar PeachBrightstar Peach

MID-SEASON PEACHES

These are the best peaches for all-over canning, fresh eating, baking and freezing. They all come off the pit unless specified.

My personal favorites will have a * in front of the name.

  • RED HAVEN - August 4-20 - This variety was released in the 1950's in South Haven Michigan at the Michigan State Peach Breeding Program. It was the best variety for the time but the newer varieties are very much improved in hardiness, flesh quality and flavor. Red Haven is still the most planted peach in Michigan because of customer recognition. One of the myths about Red Haven is that it is truly freestone. Actually it is a semi-cling, which means the pit does stick to the flesh if not completely ripe on most years, which makes canning more difficult. Available U-Pick, farm market and wholesale.
  • * STARFIRE - August 7-20 - A new superior firm flesh peach that is great for fresh eating, canning, freezing and baking. The beautiful 80% red skin peach stores well in the refrigerator so you can be eating fresh peaches for 2 weeks, if you wish. Starfire has a great, sweet peach flavor and is truely freestone (it does come off the pit). The size is large (2 1/2" to 2 3/4"). The first great overall peach of the season. Available at the U-Pick, farm market and wholesale.
  • *REDSTAR - August 10 - 17 - A very improved Red Haven. Similar in color and size to Red Haven but with a great flavor and firm flesh. The pit may not be completely freestone in some years similar to Red Haven. Great for fresh eating, canning, baking or freezing. Peach does not turn brown when cut for slices. Available U-Pick and wholesale only.
  • *ALLSTAR - August 20-30 - A very attractive and superior quality new variety of peach. Great flavor, firm flesh, completely freestone, and stores well in refrigerator. Excellent for canning, freezing, baking or just eating. Does not brown when cut. Allstar has 80% red skin on a large peach (2 1/2" to 2 3/4"). Available at the U-Pick, farm market and wholesale.
  • *CORALSTAR - August 20-30 - Coralstar is another new variety with 60% red skin over a creamy yellow background on a naturally large size peach (2 3/4 to 3 1/4"). This is another very attractive and superior quality peach. Great flavor, firm flesh, completely freestone, and stores well in the refrigerator. Excellent for canning, freezing, baking or just eating. Does not brown when cut. Avalable at the U-Pick, farm market and wholesale.
  • *STAR 66 - August 20-30 - This variety is so new it has not been named yet. 66 is very attractive and have all the great qualities of Allstar, but it has the highest sugar contentof all our peaches. This is my favorite for canned peaches and eating. It also freezes and bakes very well, is completely freestone and does not brown when cut. The size averages 2 3/4", which is a large size. Available at the U-Pick and wholesale only unless an advance order is arranged.
  • ** BLUSHINGSTAR WHITE FLESH PEACH - August 20 - September 10 - This is a newer variety white flesh peach with many superb qualities of a yellow flesh peach. Do not compare this to any other white peach you have tried before. The 80% dark pinkish red skin over a light pink and white background is just beautiful. The size is large at 2 1/2" to 3". The flesh is very firm, completely different from the soft, old white flesh varieties. Blushingstar can be prepared like a yellow peach as far as freezing, and eating. But with baking, I did not care for the flavor because it tasted like a sugar pie, so experiment yourself. Blushingstar is wonderful canned peach that stays firm, but tastes a little like canned pears, so it is a nice alternative to yellow canned peaches. Great sweet flavor and aroma, you will smelling them all the way home. Completely freestone. Available at the U-Pick, farm market and wholesale.
  • Cling (Baby Gold Type) Peaches - August - We have several types of Cling Peaches available. Cling means the peach does not come off the pit, so you have to cut it off. Many customers love these peaches for canning because they have a firmer and more rubbery fruit than many freestone peaches. Available at U-Pick only unless ordered ahead.

 

 

Starfire Peach

Blazingstar Peach

Redstar Peaches

Allstar Peach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blushingstar White Peach

 

 

 

 

 

 

LATE SEASON PEACHES

These peaches are very good quality, but I recommend the mid-season varieties for canning or freezing. These varieties are still excellent for eating and baking.

  • *GLOWINGSTAR - September 1-10 - This new variety is very large at 2 3/4" to 3 1/2" with 60% dark red skin and bright yellow background. Glowingstar has very firm flesh, freestone, very good flavor and stores well in the refrigerator. It is a beautiful peach that does not turn brown when cut. Available at the farm market, U-Pick and wholesale.
  • FAYETTE - September 10-30 - An older variety that is very attractive, somewhat firm flesh and good flavor. Not good for canning, baking or freezing. Does not store over 7 days in refrigerator. Available for wholesale only.
  • *AUTUMNSTAR - September 15 - 30 - This new variety is a very improved Fayette. The large peach (2 3/4" to 3 1/4") has 60% red skin color and a great flavor for anytime of the year, but especially for this late season. This peach has firm flesh and stores well, so you can still be eating fresh peaches even after peach season has ended. Available at the farm market, U-Pick and wholesale.
 

Glowingstar Peach

Autumnstar Peach

How Does A Peach Grow?

Trimming the Peach Trees

Jose Hernandez, our foreman,  Trimming Peach TreesA Peach tree produces 10 times more blossoms than the tree can ripen top quality Peaches on. The peach tree must be trimmed well to make the tree grow for this year's fruit and next year's fruit. That takes off many excess peaches and the rest of the peaches must be hand thinned off the tree. There are no chemicals used in thinning peaches at Fruit Acres. Spring is also when the trees are fertilized to help the tree grow.

 

Beautiful Peach BlossomsBlossomtime

When peaches bloom in April or May the pistol is pollinized by the tree's own pollen. A bee is not necessary for pollination.

 

 

 

 

Green Peaches Growing

Little Green Peaches Just out of the blossom shuckAfter the blossom is pollinated, the peach grows out of the base of the pistol and just keeps growing for 10-18 weeks until that particular variety ripens. That is why Mid-season peaches are better quality than Early peaches because they have a longer growing period. Peaches love warm weater to grow a great peach.

 

 

 

Sweet Juicy Tree-ripened Peaches

Beautiful Tree-ripened PeachThe Final Product; A Beautiful Sweet Juicy Peach ready for eating right off the tree. Come and see the peaches on the trees at our U-Pick in August and September.

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