Photo courtesy of USDA ARS.
The two basic types of peaches are clingstone and freestone. With clingstone peaches, the flesh “clings” to the "stone" of the peach, making it difficult to separate, and thus more suitable for processing. In addition, this variety retains its flavor and soft texture during processing.
The pit of freestone peaches "freely" separates from the flesh, making it ideal for fresh consumption. Freestone peaches are generally larger than clingstones with a firmer, less juicy texture. While most commonly eaten fresh, these peaches may also be frozen and dried. September 2013 . . . Peaches
- California Canning Peach Association
- California Cling Peaches, California Cling Peach Board.
- Federal Marketing Orders for Peaches and Nectarines Withdrawn
- Fruits and Tree Nuts, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA.
- Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook, ERS, USDA.
- Fruit and Tree Nuts Yearbook Data, ERS, USDA.
- Fruit and Vegetable Market News Portal, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA - With this database, custom data queries can be performed to obtain weekly prices at terminal, shipping, movement and retail points for fresh organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, by product variety and regional locations.
- Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), Foreign Ag Service (FAS), USDA.
- Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA.
- Peach Prices by Shipment Origin, AMS, USDA.
- Stone Fruit: World Markets and Trade, FAS, USDA.
- Sweet Georgia Peaches, Georgia Peach Commission.
- U.S. per capita food availability, ERS, USDA.
- United States Standards for Grades of Peaches, AMS, USDA, 2004.
- 2007 North Carolina Peach and Nectarine Disease and Pest Management Guide, North Carolina State University.
- 2008 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide, University of Georgia - This guide for commercial growers provides information on suggested fungicide and insecticide rates for various growth stages.
- Crop Profile for Peaches in Delaware, University of Delaware, 2008.
- Everything About Peaches, Clemson University - Selected for a 2011 National American Society of Horticultural Science Outstanding Website award, this Extension site offers a plethora of information for the commercial backyard Southeastern peach grower, as well as a Consumer's Corner.
- Expense Method of Depreciation - Vineyards, orchards and groves can qualify for the expense method of depreciation. The IRS agrees that I.R.C. §179 is available when the vineyard is placed in service even in situations where the taxpayer established the vineyard years earlier by planting the seeds and capitalizing expenses during the preproduction period. Tax returns for the open tax years (generally three years back) can be amended to either make or revoke an I.R.C. §179 election. This means that taxpayers who put a vineyard, orchard or grove in service in the past three years but didn’t elect I.R.C. §179 can now do so.
- Gardens, Lawns and Landscapes, eXtension.
- The Georgia Peach, University of Georgia - Provides access to the Southeastern Peach Growers' Handbook.
- Growing Peaches in North Carolina, North Carolina State University.
- Growing Peaches in Oregon, Oregon State University.
- Key to delicious tree fruit is keeping it out of the "killing zone," Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California - A new protocol has been developed for peaches, plums and nectarines as they journey from the farm to packing sheds, to distribution centers and finally to supermarkets.
- PlantFacts, Ohio State University - This website provides a full-text search engine of all extension and academic department information from all land-grant universities in the United States. Additionally, there are significant image and video databases, a FAQ database and a glossary.
- Peach – 2010 Fruit and Nut Planning Budgets, Mississippi State University, Department of Agricultural Economics, Budget Report 2010-05, 2010.
- Peaches: Organic and Low-Spray Production, ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, 2012 - This new publication focuses on the major diseases and insect pests of peaches and provides organic or least-toxic control options for each.
- Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Processing Peaches (Cling & Freestone), University of California Cooperative Extension, 2011.
- Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Fresh Market Peaches, University of California Cooperative Extension, 2009.
- South Carolina Peaches, Clemson University, 2006.
- Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide, University of Georgia, 2008 - This guide for commercial growers provides information on suggested fungicide and insecticide rates for various growth stages.
- Chappell Farms, Kline, South Carolina - Grow and market wholesale and retail peaches under the "Pat's Pride" name. Peaches are shipped throughout the United States and Canada. The farm also sells gift boxes directly to customers online.
- Durbin Farms, Jemison, Alabama - This farm has 150 acres in production and peaches are the staple crop. The farm also raises plums, nectarines, apples, blueberries and strawberries. It sells fruit at a market located next to an interstate exit as well as online.
- Paradise Orchards, Felton, Delaware - Raises more than 20 different varieties of peaches and nectarines on 10 acres. The orchard sells peach gift boxes online.
- Susquehanna Orchards, Delta, Pennsylvania - Sells several varieties of peaches and apples from the 100-year-old slate roofed barn. Occasionally the farm has portions of the orchard open for pick-your-own.
- Texas Hill Country Peaches, Fredericksburg, Texas - This group of peach growers has a website listing each orchard's specialty, directions, hours of operation and phone numbers.
Links checked March 2012.