U-Pick Peaches at Soons Orchards
Depending on the crop, one or two weekends a year, in August, we open up our peach orchard for pick your own, usually 10 to 4. (Check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SoonsOrchards for the latest info!)
Our peach orchard is up beyond our apple trees, so you can walk (wear sturdy shoes!) or take a wagon up with us to the top of the hill. Look for the “this row ready’ signs – only pick what’s ripe please!
The peach trees are not too big, there should be low fruit for youngsters... absolutely no climbing in trees or pulling of limbs - those branches are delicate and you will break them!
Park at the U-Pick apple orchard lot: closest GPS is 634 County Route 50, New Hampton NY (just around the corner from our market store!)
Last wagon should be loading a half hour before closing so everyone has time to pick and get back down from the orchard.
2021 pricing remains the same as 2020 at $3.49/lb - since it's not by the bag like apples, we'll give you plenty of bags... peaches are SUPER DELICATE so use as many bags as you like!
Cash or we have a credit reader that works most of the time :)
Great tips on how to preserve or turn your peaches into jam here
How to pick your own peaches
Peaches that are ripe will have a slight softness when pressed around the stem or shoulder of the peach and will have some coloring (yellow). Beware: don’t press so hard that you leave finger impressions!
The fruit runs the finest quality, 80% grade US #1 off the tree, but there will be a few “seconds” with blemishes. We ask that you keep ALL sound fruit you pick, including such seconds -- they still taste great of course.
Please keep the peaches you pick. You are free to pick any peaches you choose, from hard to soft-ripe. All of the peaches you pick today will ripen/soften eventually. You may discard any diseased fruit or fruit with extensive scaring ONLY.
Peaches are delicate. Place your peaches in your bag carefully without dropping them. Treat them like eggs and do not overfill the bag.
We will supply bags for you to use. Again, do not overfill bags!
Store peaches below 40 degrees or above 60 degrees. The twenty degree range from 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit is known as the “kill zone.” Peaches stored for more than a few days in this temperature range will develop a dry, pithy flesh similar to what is found in inferior supermarket fare.
Be smart. Common sense rules apply: don’t climb trees, shake trees or otherwise damage them. Every year someone breaks a tree - please don't be that person. (PS If you are, we will throw you out promptly!) (and PPS if you stop someone, you get extra awesome karmic points and our undying gratitude!)
Please leave your bags/backpacks in your vehicle. As with U-Pick apples, no doggies in the orchard; they can hang out in the grassy parking lot tho of course. Service animals permitted, of course.
Respect your farmers and fellow pickers... throwing fruit, stealing fruit or otherwise being a jerk is cause for ejection from the orchard.
Thanks for coming out to pick peaches! Enjoy this wonderful taste of summer and be sure to tag us on the socials!