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Aug 11, 2011 11:41 AM

peachy peaches?

I haven't had much success in finding good peaches. Tried farmers markets, other markets, farm stands, Russo's. Usually I end up with a peach that is somewhat juicy and somewhat sweet. One farm stand peach was super juicy, but only tasted vaguely of peach. And then there are the underripe ones, where you have to wait a week or so to be disappointed. So far, the best peaches I've had were from Whole Foods, which doesn't feel satisfying.

Can anyone point me to an excellent peach?

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  1. The sweet local ones are just starting to come in. Try the local farmer's markets again. The early ones are always a bit disappointing. The really good ones should be around for the next 3 weeks.

    I just ate some great farmer's market ones.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      Me too - Kimball's had great peaches at Newton on Tuesday...

    2. First week of September is a good time for MA peaches.

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      1. re: Luther

        kimball's at the farmer's market had great local peaches and nectarines - they do need to be put in a brown bag and ripened for a few days - they were lovely

      2. I've had excellent results with CA peaches from Costco, very large and sweet.

        1. Sorry, I would have answered this earlier but I was too busy standing over the sink wolfing down two dead-perfect peaches -- one yellow, one white -- that I bought from Dick's at the Brookline Famers Market this afternoon, and it took a while to wash my hands and face and change my shirt afterwards.

          And at a buck-sixty a pound, couldn't be more popularly priced.

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          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            Those have been good. I like the white ones. The other good ones have been the box set sold at Trader Joe's. The latest bunch is from Georgia and are very good.

            Trader Joe's
            1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

            1. re: lergnom

              Bought the peaches at Trader Joes Sept. 5th on your rec and they were excellent.Thanks

              Trader Joe's
              1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

            2. re: Jenny Ondioline

              Sounds like peach heaven. The only way it would be better is to be at the beach, where you can jump in the water to wash up.

              I'll have to look for Dick's. The ones I got from Kimball were $3 a pound.

            3. Well, every season is a bit different. The flavors are best when things are on the dryish side: smaller fruit, lots of sun, more intense flavor. When things are wet, fruit get bigger (great for farmers who sell by weight) but the flavor is often more diluted.

              So, this July was good for things. So far, the tropical wetness of August is not necessarily great, though for fruit that is fully formed and ripening, it may have less impact.