New Jersey is celebrating the arrival of summer peaches through a variety of peach-oriented events and festivals.
Throughout the Garden State, the fruit is being recognized via “peach parties” and peach pie and recipe contests.
This season’s peaches began harvesting a little later than usual but are producing what could be some of the best quality fruit in years, according to a news release from the Glassboro, N.J.-based New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.
The peaches received just enough rain and sun to produce size and high sugars and color and the crop is characterized as possessing high quality, according to the release.
Numerous varieties of white and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines ripen at different times throughout the season.
While August is the official “Jersey Peach Month,” new and early varieties usually begin production in early July with supplies running through mid-September.
The peach parties are scheduled for July 17-Aug. 18 in farm markets, community farmers markets, restaurants, supermarkets and at u-pick orchards.
Several restaurants plan to offer specially created peach dishes and peach menus during August and other restaurants plan to give guests recipes and sponsor presentations given by given by growers on how peaches are grown in the state.