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All About Peaches

Here at Apple Holler, We Will Offer Peach Picking in 2020!

The 2018/2019 winter’s cold weather devastated peaches throughout the US, including Apple Holler’s peach trees. Apple Holler also lost about fifty peach trees that died due to the extreme cold. The freezing temperatures approached -20̊ F in Southeast Wisconsin in January 2019. So, unfortunately, we will not have peaches for picking in 2019.  We hope that you will join us in 2020 for peach picking.

If you love peaches, but thought you would have to travel to Georgia to be able to pick a fresh peach right from the tree, you are in luck, because Apple Holler has its very own peach orchard that you can pick peaches from.

The story of our peach orchard began in the spring of 2011, when Dave Flannery, owner of Apple Holler decided he wanted to see if he could plant a peach orchard, in addition to the apple orchard.

Dave knew he was taking a chance with planting a peach crop in Wisconsin, but after much research and due diligence, he found out there were a few varieties of peaches that actually grow better in the North and were hardy enough to withstand the long cold winters we typically experience in Wisconsin.

In the spring of 2011, Dave planted 10 trees of 10 different varieties of peaches; those 10 varieties have now become 14 varieties and almost 3,000 trees that are available for picking from mid-July through August.

For more information on our peaches at Apple Holler, please check out our Guide for Peaches


We grow the following peaches here at Apple Holler:


Rich May (Clingstone) ripens very early July. The fruit medium in size, scarlet red over a yellow-green under color. It is yellow fleshed, is very firm and has a great flavor.

Flaming Fury PF1 (Clingstone) ripens early to mid-July. Mostly red skin, non-browning with a mild flavor. It is juicy and sweet with minimal split pits.

Desiree (Semi-Freestone) ripens mid-July. This good flavored peach is medium-sized and is colored crimson red over yellow red with a firm yellow flesh.

Flaming Fury PF5D (Clingstone) ripens early to mid-July. Dark red color with excellent fruit quality and is large for an early peach. It is sweet and flavorful with fewer split pits than most early varieties.

Harrow Diamond (Freestone) ripens late July. Yellow skinned peach covered with a red blush. Its yellow flesh is non-browning, juicy and sweet; good for eating fresh, canning or freezing.

Early Star (Semi-Freestone) ripens late July. Fruit is medium in size with good color and firmness.

GlenGlo (Semi-Freestone) Just planted.

Eight Ball (Freestone) Just planted.

Bright Star (Semi-Freestone) ripens late July. It is a good early eating peach, with great flavors, good color and firmness. It has very few split pits.

July Rose- Just Planted

Sentry (Semi-Freestone) ripens mid-July. This big flavored large peach is firm and attractive with a sweet yellow flesh.

Gala (Semi-Freestone) ripens mid-July. A medium-large to large peach with scarlet red over green-yellow ground color, and is yellow fleshed. Flesh is moderately firm with good flavor.

Red Haven (Freestone) ripens late July. This red over yellow fruit is a popular peach with a long shelf life. This is a great peach for all your canning recipes.

John Boy (Freestone) ripens late July. This peach is relatively large, firm and half red skin on attractive bright yellow with good flavor.