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smr714 Aug 17, 2008 05:44 AM

This year I am hearing that alot of the crops have been destroyed by hail and weather maladies. Having said that, can anyone recommend either a PYO or a farm market where I can get some good freestone's at a reasonable price. I get them for freezing over the winter to use in my morning smoothies.


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    childofthestorm Aug 18, 2008 03:25 PM

    Honestly I enjoy bashing Loblaws as much as the next person, perhaps more so since my local is the Leslie and Eastern one, also known as the Worst Supermarket in the World. But I've got to say, they hit it out of the park this peach season. Giant skids full of fresh peaches, some ripe, some only needing a day or two at most. We've been eating a basket a week for 4 weeks now.

    I guess that commercial with Galen awkwardly walking around a peach orchard in Niagara is not done with CGI. He hooked it up.

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    1. re: childofthestorm
      grandgourmand Aug 18, 2008 04:11 PM

      No kidding. I've been very happy with peaches from that same Loblaw location. Can't say the same about the higher priced (i.e. double) organic ones from brickworks. They were tasty, but not any better. And they showed signs of spoilage within a day. Not impressed.

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      Gourmando Aug 18, 2008 02:30 PM

      Definitely try to hit the Winona Peach Festival this weekend. Lots of peaches available there and along the roadsides nearby.

      As for crop damage, all of the hail that has hit Niagara has been very localized, so some farms got it while others down the road didn't. I got some really nice red havens at the Welland farmers' market this past weekend.

      1. Davwud Aug 18, 2008 04:58 AM

        North York (Mel Lastman Sq.) farmers market on Thursdays. I get some of the tastiest free stone peaches there.


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          smr714 Aug 17, 2008 08:28 PM

          I was talking with one farmer in Niagara, cause I was going to go peaching... and she told me her entire August crop has been destroyed by this year's weather, that could be why Fiesta is selling California peaches still.

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            minto Aug 17, 2008 07:12 PM

            Peach festival this coming weekend.


            1. chocabot Aug 17, 2008 05:58 PM

              Today at Fiesta Farms, they had giant Californian tree-rip peaches for 99 cents a lb, and Ontario small peaches for 1.29lb or 3.99 for a basket. (honey boy? i can't remember the variety name but it resembles the same ones in the baskets at all the supermarkets.)

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                jayt90 Aug 17, 2008 06:48 PM

                Why would Fiesta farms promote tree ripe peaches from California when this is the Ontario season for peaches? If they are tree ripened they must be rock hard to make the journey.

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                  chocabot Aug 17, 2008 08:21 PM

                  i dunno why they'd promote the "tree ripe - sweet eat" Cal peaches but they looked beautiful and were hard.

              2. Pastryrocks Aug 17, 2008 02:06 PM

                We had been eating Ontario Peaches for the past 3-4 weeks. We bought some last week. The Loblaw’s at Burnhamthorpe and West Mall has had a skid of peaches sitting in the store. So I assume that Loblaw’s still has some.

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                  beany Aug 17, 2008 08:54 AM

                  There is a farmer's market every Wednesday at Duplex and Lytton. (1 street west of yonge). I have been buying peaches from them for the past three weeks. They're super. $6 for a 3 litre basket. they also have tiny blueberries for $7.50 for a pint and 15 for a quart, but I haven't tried them.

                  If you are not too far away, they really are delicious, as are the plums (same price).

                  1. chocabot Aug 17, 2008 08:34 AM

                    I bought a $4 square box (smaller than the basket size) of free stone red haven peaches at the brickworks yesterday.

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