by Julie S
Fall always brings visions of apples and pumpkins to mind, but did you know that you can pick peaches well into September in southwest Michigan? If you’re still craving delicious summer peaches, head over to one of the places below and pick your heart out. You may be able to leave with peaches and apples in a single trip, and don’t forget the cider!
Please note that these dates are subject to change so please check their website, Facebook page or call ahead before you go.
WHERE TO PICK FALL PEACHES
65980 66th Avenue, Hartford, MI | (269) 621- 4037
Big Dan’s is run by none other than Big Dan himself and is located in Hartford, right off of I94. He has seven different types of peach trees that you can try and they go all summer. The latest peach is called the autumn star and you can pick them at the same time as you head out for apple picking. Wagon rides run September through October, and you can also take the wagon out to the pumpkin patch. When you are done picking, stop in the farm market for fresh produce that is grown a few steps away from the building! They are currently planning on having peaches well through September and are open 10:00 am-6:00 pm daily.
COMING SOON: FALL HARVEST GUIDE AND WHERE TO PICK APPLES
3452 Friday Road, Coloma, MI (Farm Market) & 2789 Friday Road, Coloma, MI (U-Pick Area) | (269) 208-3591
Fruit Acres is divided up into two separate areas, their farm market which is located just off of I94 and their u-pick area which is located further up the road. They have a variety of other tree fruit including several types of plums and nectarines in their farm market and a wide selection of vegetables. Peach U-Pick will be through September but only on the weekends from 10:00 am-4:30 pm with the last hayride leaving for the peach orchard at 4:30 pm.
7837 M-139, Berrien Springs, MI | (269) 471-1401
Stovers is on the site of the old Tudor Family Homestead and is where the Stover family took up residence in 1878. Peach picking runs from July thru September and if you go for peaches, you might want to choose from some of their other u-pick fruits and vegetables as well such as apricots, raspberries, grapes, apples and pumpkins, depending on when you visit. They have a country store full of homemade jam, salsas, apple butter and fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm is big enough that you could spend a day just enjoying the fresh air and spotting the deer and turkey that roam the grounds. Please note that Google lists an incorrect address for the farm and the correct address is above. If you get lost, they ask you to call the farm at 269-471-1401.
WHAT TO DO WITH PEACHES
If you are looking for something to do with all of those peaches, we have a recipe for you! You can easily modify it to gluten free using gluten free oats and flour, nut free by omitting the nuts, or even dairy free by using a vegan butter. This is also a great recipe to make with your kids!
Delicious Peach Crisp Recipe
6-8 fresh peaches – peeled and sliced
½ tsp almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
½ cup butter
- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8 inch square baking dish.
- Places the peaches in the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with almond extract.
- In a bowl, combine all items except for butter. Cut butter in with pastry cutter or use your fingers until the mixture resembles crumbs.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the peaches in an even layer. Bake approximately 45 minutes until the peaches are bubbling and the layer is brown.