Is there anything better than fresh peaches in the summer?
From eating peaches from a roadside fruit stand, or enjoying the pies, jams and baked goods, sweet and savoury dishes, peach season draws crowds from all over! You’ll find all sorts of farm stands where you can buy fresh peaches along with all kinds of other local produce.
There are also a number of places you can pick your very own peaches straight from the orchard!
Here’s a list of where to pick your own fresh peaches in Niagara in 2023!
Niagara’s unique climate due to its boundary between the escarpment and Lake Ontario makes for prime fruit growing conditions. As one of Ontario’s largest fruit-growing regions, Niagara produces over 90% of the tender fruit in the province with an astonishing 1.5 million fruit trees!
When is Niagara peach season?
August is peach season! It’s the last chance to get your taste of summer! Typically you can find peaches ready in late July and last through to early September. This of course varies depending on the weather.
What varieties of peaches can I pick?
The two most common types of PYO peaches are Clingstone and Freestone.
Clingstone is exactly what it sounds like; the fruit doesn’t fall off the pit. They’re my favourite for eating but they typically aren’t the best for freezing or canning.
Freestone peaches are also great for eating, and are perfect for canning and freezing. They easily fall right off the pit!
You can also find semi-freestone peaches, which arrive first in the growing season! These are the best for baking and canning.
There’s an astounding 15 different varieties of peaches in Niagara – all equally delicious! Some of the most common varieties include Garnet Beauty, Fantasia, Harrow Beauty, and Red Havens.
Peach picking tips
It’s advisable to call ahead to these PYO peach farms or check their websites or social media channels for any updates.
Peaches are ready to be picked when there is some slight give to the fruit – but don’t squeeze too hard, because this will result in bruising. A ripe peach will also separate from the stem easily. If it’s difficult to pick, leave it a bit longer to ripen.
Look for larger peaches and ones near the top of the tree – those ones will be ready to pick sooner!
Once you’ve picked them, avoid leaving them in plastic bags or in the sun. If you want to slow the ripening process, store them in the fridge for up to five days if you aren’t freezing them or canning them right away.
Where can I pick peaches in Niagara?
Two Century Farm, Grimsby
Smith Two Century Farm is a fifth generation farm (since 1788!) and offers family farm fun with PYO peaches (and cherries!).
Pick your own or pick up baskets from their market stand!
Address: 400 Main Street West
Phone number: 905-945-4294
Cherry Avenue Farms, Vineland Station
Sadly there is no peach picking at Cherry Avenue Farms this year due to bud loss over the winter.
Cherry Avenue Farms is a great spot to bring your family for a true farm experience and countryside fun! Family owned and operated since 1799, there are over 18,000 fruit trees here and not only can you pick your own peaches here, but also nectarines, apricots, plums, cherries, and pears, depending on the season.
Check out their picking schedule for more details!
Address: 4303 Cherry Avenue
Phone number: 905-562-5481
Parkway Orchards, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Close to the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, get your fill of Niagara! Located right along the Niagara parkway, Parkway Orchards offers PYO fruit including peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes, and much more, depending on the season!
With a great market on site to buy pies and unique gifts, as well as lunch and ice cream, what more could you ask for?
Address: 15000 Niagara Parkway
Phone number: 905-262-5097
Duffin Farms, Welland
A quieter spot to visit to pick your own peaches along with season favourites like plums, cherries, pears, apples and more!
Address: 1541 Rice Rd
Phone number: 905-892-5387
Pick your own peaches near Niagara
Bridgman’s Farm, Winona
Just on the outskirts of Niagara, Bridgman’s Farm is a peaceful place to bring your family. This 200 year old farm is known to have some of the sweetest peaches around! You can also PYO cherries, plums, nectarines, and apples while they’re in season!
Note that peach picking is by appointment only!
Address: 20 Bridgman Ln
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