Spring 2021 update
Peaches bloomed nicely this spring. The Veterans have the usual heavy crop, while the Red Havens will be a light crop again this year. We are expecting a normal harvest time of late July for the Reds and early August for the Vets depending on weather. We will post an update on July 15 with opening dates, prices and hours. We look forward to seeing you this summer.
This farm has been in the family since 1925, through 4 generations. We have been raising peaches since 1978 and currently have 2 varieties; Red Haven and Veteran. Our peaches are primarily u-pick. We do offer pre-picked peaches in bags (approximately 5 pounds) when we have time to pick and sort them.
Because of insurance restrictions, u-pick peach customers can no longer use any ladders in the orchard. We now provide picking pole devices which work very well reaching the peaches in the tree. The u-pick device then gently holds the peach while it is removed from the tree and placed in the container.
During peach harvest, usually the end of July through the middle of August, we are typically open Monday through Saturday 8am until 6pm & Sundays noon until 4pm. Please call 503-362-7153 for updates before visiting us as our days and hours can change based on crop availability.
The orchard is located at 5495 Center St. NE, Salem, Oregon, 97317. That is 2 miles east of Lancaster at the end of Center St. Look for our sign on Center Street at the orchard.
OUR PEACH VARIETIES
Red Haven – These are fantastic for using fresh in recipes and just plain eating straight off the tree. While they do work for canning and freezing, the veteran is superior for that. Our Red havens are ready for picking in late July and are available for 1 or 2 days. This is a classic peach with very high name recognition and a great reputation.
Because of their highly reliable production, great flavor and easy handling for canning, veterans are a very popular western Oregon peach. They are a hybrid that is frost resistant during the bloom, which is the most vulnerable time for the peach crop. These peaches are freestone, easily peeled and very sturdy which makes them an excellent peach for canning and freezing. They are ready for picking in early August and are available for about 2 weeks. While they are a supurb canning peach, they are also a very delicious fresh peach. Some even say they are better than Red Havens for eating fresh off the tree.