Michigan peaches are a welcome surprise to those that think that peaches grow only in southern states. Thanks to moderating effect of Lake Michigan, peaches thrive along the western shore of Michigan and also in the southeastern part of the state.

The flavorful Red Haven peach is the most widely planted and recognized variety. Flamin’ Fury and Stellar are other popular varieties. Some varieties are freestone or cling-free, which means the juicy flesh separates from the pit cleanly. These varieties are best for canning and freezing. Other varieties are semi-freestone or semi-cling-free, and these varieties are best for fresh eating. Be sure to ask your farmer about the best uses for the variety you are picking.

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Prefer already-picked peaches? Here's a list of markets where you can find We-pick peaches.