At Ed Lester Farms we grow 3 basic types of peaches
Clingstone peaches get their name from the characteristic of the peach flesh which sticks or “clings” tightly to the stone or pit. Although a bit more troublesome to work with, cling types are great for eating, canning, pickling or freezing. They are smaller than Semi-Clings and Freestones. Clings are the first peaches to mature, usually in late May.
Semi – Clingstones, as their name implies, do not cling to the stone as much as their true cling type cousins. In fact, once totally mature, they will separate quite easily from the pit. These varieties mature in early June.
Freestone peaches are our most popular type and comprise the majority of our production. These peaches separate easily from the stone and are larger than either the cling or semi-cling types. We allow these fruits to mature completely on the tree to allow them to be at their sweetest and most flavorful when you purchase them. Freestones can be used for all purposes: canning, pickling, preserving and best of all…fresh!
Our Favorite Freestone Varieties
- Red Globe
- July Prince
- Ruston Red
- Red Skin
- Ouachita Gold
In all, we produce over 25 different peach varieties… all selected to grow the best peaches possible in our climate here in North Central Louisiana.
Our Peaches are available from late May until the very end of July. They can be purchased by the pound or by the peck box which is about 12 pounds. As with all our crops, they are picked daily to be at their sweetest and freshest!