Niagara peaches are now ready for picking and eating. With the recent steady surge of rain and heat, these juicy peaches have arrived about two weeks earlier than usual. Sarah Marshall, manager of the Ontario Fruit Board says, “Mother Nature has provided perfect conditions for Niagara’s rich and abundant peach trees with a harvest of extra sweet peaches this year. I’m happy to say we have in Niagara perfect growing conditions and soil to produce the best you’ll find in all of Canada.”
There are about 15 different varieties to choose from in the Niagara area. Most popular are freestone and semi-free stone types such as Fantasia, harblaze, Garnet Beauty, Harrow Diamond and Red Haven.
Along the lower Niagara Parkway from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the lake, you’ll find fruits stands selling not only Niagara peaches but plenty of other local fruits and vegetables. There are also a number of farms that offer pick-your own fruit opportunities.
The annual Peach Festival takes place in Niagara-on-the-Lake (26 kilometres north of the falls) on Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th.This popular festival pays tribute to the growers who grow this juicy, tingly luscious crop. The festival also features live entertainment, food vendors, and historical displays.
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