More Ways To Discover Farm to Fork Adventures In North Central Washington!    



Oh So Wouthwateringly Peachy!

We received a call from the "west side" of the Cascades last week about peach season. Here are answers from Peter Van Well, a third generation orchardist and co-owner of Van Well's Nursery. Peter and his brothers ship top quality stone fruit seedlings around the county to orchardists. Michigan grows noteworthy fruit but, according to Peter, no American location surpasses North Central Washington!

Category List

Tag List

pear harvest (1)
spring (1)
oktoberfest (1)
u pick (2)
sustainable living (1)
farm stands (1)
apples (2)
fresh produce (2)
Beaver Valley, wa (1)
sundries (1)
plain wa (1)
leavenworth oktoberfest (1)
maifest (1)
scenic wa (1)
fresh fruit (1)
spring sensations (1)
Honeycomb Lodge (1)
Kahler Glenn Golf and Ski Resort (1)
Easter Egg Hunt (1)
Plain Hardware (3)
pak it rite (1)
paddle boating (1)
markets (1)
plain, wa (3)
pub style eatery (1)
winery (1)
leavenworth wa (5)
vintage (1)
private instruction (1)
valentines day (2)
Alpine Trout Lake (1)
hot tubs (1)
chelan wa (1)
geocaching (2)
leavenworth washington (3)
pybus market (1)
ship fruit (1)
kayaking (1)
road trip (1)
pumpkins (1)
fishing (1)
cabins (1)
small batch wine making (1)
driving route (2)
lake chelan (2)
celebration (1)
map (1)
pioneer village (1)
fresh (1)
local ingredients (1)
wenatchee, wa (1)
culinary creations (1)
beautiful getaways (1)
farmers market (3)
waterville (1)
orchard (1)
Breakfast (1)
peaches (2)
farming (1)
old-time hardware store (1)
nv cider (1)
goose ridge winery (1)
wenatchee (4)
museum (1)
wine tasting (3)
Wenatchee River (1)
community gathering place (1)
rustique divas (1)
plums (1)
local produce (4)
harvest (1)
wildfires (1)
east wenatchee (1)
river rafting (2)
cider (1)
farm fresh eggs (1)
meadows (1)
cascade farmlands (3)
north central washington (3)
open market, fresh produce, halloween (1)
history (1)
pear varieties (1)
group classes (1)
two napkin burgers (1)
christmas tree, hog hollow farm (1)
Family wine makers (1)
Fish Lake (1)
manson (1)
golf (1)
spring blossoms (1)
clothes (1)
blueberries (2)
winter squash (1)
volleyball (1)
sunbathing (1)
hardware (1)
bavarian (1)
jewelry (1)
leavenworth (4)
catch and release rainbow trout (1)
lodging (1)
tennis (1)
nectarines (1)
wine walk (1)
mothers day (1)
arrowleaf balsamroot (1)
pybus public market (1)
driving map (1)
beauty (1)
salmon festival (1)
toast marshmallows (1)
forests (1)
columbia river (2)
cherries (1)
scenic side trip (1)
recreational rentals (1)
bounty (1)
vintage market (1)
farm fresh (1)
carving pumpkins (1)
Hotel (1)
perry (1)
leavenworth, wa (2)
orchards (2)
fresh mountain air (1)
garden supplies (1)
spring hikes (1)
antiques (1)
chelan county (1)
photo contest (1)
chelan (2)
wildflowers (1)
pears (2)
collectibles (1)
pumpkin patch (1)
refurbished (1)
seasonal veggies (1)
chocolate (1)
rv campgrounds (1)
pear (1)
food and wine (1)
Lake Wenatchee (3)
Fly Fishing (2)
spring flowers (1)
purses (1)
scenic road trip (1)
neigel vintners (1)
Otter Pond (1)
hard cider (1)
taste leavenworth (1)
gifts (1)
pumpkin carving (1)
wenatchee harvest festival (1)

Tag Cloud

Plain HardwarewildflowersBeaver Valley, waKahler Glenn Golf and Ski Resortscenic side tripwenatcheemothers dayharvestcabinsrustique divasgolfu pickforestsseasonal veggiescarving pumpkinsmansonkayakinglocal producehot tubsplain, wavolleyballtennisnorth central washingtonpear harvestmarketsbeautyhardwarechelan waneigel vintnersfarmers marketfood and winewinter squashcollectiblespumpkin carvingtoast marshmallowsspring flowersdriving maplake chelanarrowleaf balsamrootbeautiful getawaysWenatchee Riverpear varietiesFamily wine makersmuseumrefurbishedapplesship fruitspring hikeswildfirescascade farmlandsfarm fresh eggsplumspybus public marketcherriescommunity gathering placefarminggiftsleavenworth washingtonculinary creationsgeocachingsundriessalmon festivalpeachesspring sensationspioneer villagechelan countygarden supplieswenatchee, wameadowsFly Fishingpaddle boatingblueberriescelebrationspring freshfresh mountain airpumpkinsdriving routescenic waperryBreakfastleavenworth watwo napkin burgersclothesorchardchocolatebavarianpybus marketAlpine Trout Lakeplain waeast wenatcheebountywenatchee harvest festivalfresh fruitleavenworth, waEaster Egg Huntscenic road triproad trippub style eateryphoto contestsustainable livingfresh producevalentines daywine tastingantiquesmapmaifestwine walkciderlocal ingredientscolumbia riverhard ciderLake Wenatcheechristmas tree, hog hollow farmsunbathingwinery historycatch and release rainbow troutorchardsopen market, fresh produce, halloweenvintagelodgingjewelrychelanspring blossomsprivate instructionfarm standsFish Lakepearpursesgoose ridge wineryfarm freshpak it riteoktoberfestnectarinesHotelleavenworthwatervilletaste leavenworthHoneycomb Lodgeold-time hardware storefishingvintage marketsmall batch wine makingpearsrv campgroundsrecreational rentalsgroup classespumpkin patchnv ciderOtter Pondleavenworth oktoberfestriver rafting


August 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM


CF: What is it about the Cascade Farmlands region that makes tree fruit so remarkable? 
Peter: Basically, stone fruit grows best in a dessert with water, like North Central Washington. Our volcanic soils help; the lack of humidity is very important. Moisture carries bacteria and fungus, meaning you have to spray fungicides. We avoid that here. Plus we get really nice colors and sugars because of warm days and cool nights. Flowing waters, like the Columbia River help moderate temperatures and provide irrigation.
CF: How many varieties of peaches do you grow?
Peter: We might grow 100 kinds of tree fruit seedlings at Van Well's. Forty to fifty of those are peaches.  

CF: What peaches are your personal favorites?
Peter: Red Haven is still number one. Whoever tastes this peach is just going to fall in love with it. We grow a variety that has been around since the 1950's. Peach varieties tend to remain classic. I personally really like Glohaven. It's a little bigger, a little fuller red color and has tremendous flavor, combined with very, very light fuzz. If you are canning, the Early Alberta is excellent. It's a light blushing peach, very firm with a bright flavor. In the middle of winter opening a jar gives you a wonderful, fresh boost of flavor. 

CF: When does the Red Haven harvest begin this year? 

Peter: Due to weather, every year is a little different. Harvest this year is a bit slow, around the second week of August. The other peaches I mentioned follow at week or two intervals. All of those are "free stone," meaning the flesh pulls easily away from the pit. We've got Desiree peaches in the fruit stands now.  They are very good, but the best, the free stone varieties, are yet to come.  

CF: What is the value of "tree ripened" fruit?

Peter: Grocery store fruit has to be picked very, very green to survive transport and display. Our local stone fruit are tree ripened in conditions that are ideal for sugars and color.
CF: Thank you for explaining why our peaches are so delicious. Orchardists in Cascade Farmlands grow some of the best peaches in the world!


Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »