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Jun 11, 2009 10:43 AM

anyone in LA selling tree-ripe peaches?

My favorite fruit is being treated like sh**. Trader Joe's produce is a joke and the farmer's markets I go to bring unripened peaches.

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  1. I've never had a problem at farmers' markets. Try Santa Monica (Wednesday), South Pasadena, (Thursday), Pasadena (Saturday), Hollywood (Sunday). Delicious, juicy and fully ripened fruit at all four.

    1. Long Beach farmers' market (Sunday).

      1. I agree that there's nothing like fruit picked fully ripe. I wouldn't expect to find ripe peaches yet, at least local ones. August, maybe. I'm assuming 1NYG wants the flavor explosion in the mouth and juice running down the chin style of ripe.

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        1. re: Akitist

          There are plenty of ripe local peaches at the farmers' market these days. I bought some last week in Pasadena. The growers have several varieties that ripen throughout the summer. Regier farms had some really sweet peaches last week (especially the white ones), and another vendor whose name escapes me (they also had excellent plums, plus nectarines and apricots). They don't have a big banner, but they're along the same row as Harry's Berries, but a bit farther south.

          1. re: Akitist

            My local Albertsons used to sell "vine-rippened" peaches until I pointed it out.... At first I got a look of confusion (I had to explain that peaches grow on trees). Now they've changed the sign to tree-ripened peaches, but I still wouldn't recommend them.... it was just funny

          2. True tree ripen peaches are culled out at the packing sheds. If the peaches you get are packed in a lug, they have rippen after being picked and packed. If you really want to get tree ripen peaches, you will have to go to a farm or packing shed. The closest ones I imagine are in the San Joaquin Valley, Don't go now, wait until Mid July at the height of the season.

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            1. re: bgazindad

              This simply isn't true.

              I have been eating tree-ripened peaches from local farmers' markets since I moved here. I have been to the peach orchards as guests of the owners (and there are tons of peaches in the southern Antelope Valley, near Littlerock, Llano, Pearblossom, Valyermo, etc.), and I have seen when they pick peaches.

              The problem right now is that the peaches are not quite at their peak. Wait two or three weeks and you will get much better peaches that ripened on the trees. You can, of course, try and find U-Pick peach orchards, though I don't know of any around here.

              Once they begin, truly tree-ripened peaches will be available until mid-September at least.

            2. The height of peach season is mid-July to August. I would try your local FM again then and see if the quality of peaches is better. IMO, it's too early to buy peaches.

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              1. re: annapurna7

                In fact, there are plenty of peach varieties that ripen a lot earlier than mid-July nowadays. "June Lady" peaches arrive in June, for example. As I said, there are plenty already, and they are ripe.