There’s always something delicious in season at DeMeritt Hill Farm.  Summer and Early fall months bring a variety of fresh vegetables, blueberries, peaches and apples.  As the farm continues to grow, additional produce will be added to the list.

Peaches

clingstone (the flesh sticks to the stone)

freestone (the stone is easily separated from the flesh)

A freestone peach is one where the flesh (mesocarp) separates from the stone (endocarp). When the fruit is cut in half, there is easy separation at the pit and the pit can be removed by hand. It may even fall out if you tip the cut fruit over. Freestone peaches are popular for home canning because their ease of preparation. Clingstone peaches have flesh that clings to the stone. When the fruit is cut in half, it is very difficult to separate the two halves because the flesh is stuck in the pit. For commercial canning of nonmelting flesh clingstone peaches in California, machines are used to cut/separate the fruit.

Ginger Gold

The Ginger Gold was found as a chance seedling growing among twisted uprooted trees in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It is descended from the Golden Delicious and Albermarle Pippin. This is the best of the early golden apples. It is sweet, tangy and juicy; consistently scoring very high in taste tests. Harvest begins in mid September.

Zestar!

This outstanding apple originated in University of Minnesota, in 1999. Zestar!™ ripens in mid to late August. Zestar! is a medium sized, sweet-tart balanced apple with a hint of brown sugar flavor. Light, crispy and juicy. Great for eating out of hand. The harvest time for this apple begins in mid August and lasts into September.