August 8, 2014
What’s So Special About Chambersburg Peaches?
Thanks to the Polar Vortex the famous “Chambersburg peaches” are a little late this year, but they have finally arrived. Have you ever wondered what exactly was so special about the famed peaches? Here’s a little insight about the story behind them.
Tara Baugher, tree fruit educator with the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service says, “Growers tend to utilize the name ‘Chambersburg peach’ because it signifies high quality.” She adds that the micro-climate, soil and slopes in the Chambersburg area have been conducive to quality peaches.
So there you have it, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. What you may not realize is that not all “Chambersburg peaches” come from Chambersburg. The Chambersburg name of these sweet and juicy summer fruits can also be affixed to peaches from orchards in surrounding communities and counties. Chambersburg is located in Franklin County, but “Chambersburg peaches” are often sold from neighboring Adams County as well.
Whatever the peach, its best left in a bowl at room temperature to soften. Chambersburg peaches, like all peaches, are best enjoyed when fully ripe. Come on out to the farm and get some soon!