My peaches are ripe! I have one small tree in the grove and it is ready for harvest one month ahead of last year. The tree blossomed very early this spring and didn't get frosted, so here we are in mid-July with branches breaking from heavy fruit and peaches dropping on the ground before I can pick them. We had to kick the sheep out of the grove because the branches were dipping lower each day, within reach of the ewes who stood underneath eagerly waiting to gobble the fruit. Now the ewes wait on the other side of the gate for me to throw them bruised peaches.
Next year I will learn how to properly prune the tree so the limbs don't break with heavy fruit again.
Meanwhile, I cook down the smaller damaged fruit and run them through my apple grinder to remove the skins. Cool the juice in the fridge and then mix it with sparking white wine or grape juice and you have a delicious Bellini cocktail -- perfect for warm summer evenings in the backyard.
Have a wonderful week!