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This Month: We have many varieties of apples including "The New" Gold Rush, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Cameo, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Mutsu, York Imperial, Apple Cider, and Bosc pears.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a cling and a freestone peach?
A "cling" peach is one where the fruit will not separate from the seed. Also known as press seed, Cling peaches are good for making spiced peaches, pickled peaches, or simply for eating or baking. A 'freestone' peach will come away from the seed easily when ripe whether by cutting or pulling apart. It is also referred to as free seed or clear seed. A 'semi-freestone' (such as the sentinel variety) will cut away from the seed using a knife but not by simply pulling the fruit apart. Both semi-freestone and freestones are good for canning and freezing since they are easier to slice.
What is the best way to ripen a peach?
Put it in a brown paperbag.
What is the peak season for peaches?
July and August
What is the peak season for nectarines?
July and August
How can I tell a peach is ripe?
The peach will have a little "give" when gently pressed and you can smell the aroma. The skin of yellow-fleshed varieties ripens to an orange tint.
What is the best variety of peach?
There is not a variety of peach that is better than the other.
What is the difference between a white peach and a yellow peach?
From the outside, yellow and white peaches are distinguished by their skin color – deep yellow with a red or pink blush for yellow peaches and pale and pink for white peaches. Inside, the golden flesh of the yellow peach is more acidic, with a tartness that mellows as the peach ripens and softens. White-fleshed peaches are lower in acid and taste sweet whether firm or soft.
What is a heirloom tomato?
An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family because of it's valued characteristics.
How can I tell when a cantaloupe is ripe?
Ripe cantaloupes have a sweet, musky aroma. Watch out for any with an overly strong odor, they could be overripe. Avoid melons with soft spots, bruises or punctures. Don’t worry if there’s a "bleached" side where the melon rested on the ground. The melon should feel heavy for its size. The blossom end (opposite of the stem end) should yield gently to the thumb. Cantaloupes should have a prominent, evenly distributed corky "netting" on their skin. Different varieties will have either a buff or light tan netting with a green, yellow or gray background.
How long should fresh produce last?
Fresh produce should last about a week.
Should I wash my produce?
As a generally rule, you should always wash your produce, organic or not.
Are there other markets that you attend?
Yes. You can find Ashton Farms at Alexandria, VA.(Saturday), Dale City, VA.(Sunday), and Baltimore, MD.(Sunday)