More Peaches Now Ripening
The number of peach varieties ripening is growing as the season advances in the Sandhills.
According to the Montgomery County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, these varieties are ripening this week: Loring, Contender, Sweet Dreams, Paul Friday's 24007, Johnny T., Ruston red, Blushing Star, sugar Giant (white flesh) and Georgia Bell (white flesh).
The center reports that excellent freestone peaches are available for freezing and canning, as well as for fresh use. Among these varieties are two old-time favorites, Loring, and the popular white flesh Georgia Bell.
However, Sugar Giant is a more recent white variety that retains quality for a longer period than does the Georgia Bell, which must be used in one or two days, according to Extension peach specialists.
In addition to peaches, there is an abundance of locally grown vegetables and other fruits available at farmers' markets and roadside stands. Tomatoes, sweet corn, squash and green beans are being harvested locally, and there is also a big supply of cantaloupes and watermelons, including seedless watermelons.
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