When Do Red Haven Peaches Ripen In…

When Do Red Haven Peaches Ripen In Each State
(Last Updated On: July 21, 2017)

When Do Red Haven Peaches Ripen In Each State

To a lot of people a peach is just a peach. They buy them at the store, hopefully not out of a can or plastic container. Not as much thought goes into it as say picking an apple that is sold in the store by which variety it is. Some people doesn’t even realize their are varieties of peaches. A few slightly more advanced people in that crowd may think of peaches by region (California and Georgia being the two top on people’s minds). Or they may have had a white peach, or even a donut peach. However what most grocery stores don’t teach us, is that peaches come in many varieties. Head to the farmers market during peach season, and you are likely to see someone listening their peaches by name of the variety. The peach that has gotten the most buzz of any other peach is certainly the Red Haven. It is extremely popular at farmers market, farm stands, and peach orchards. It is the only peach I know of that people look for by name (except for me but I am a HUGE peach nerd). What I want to do it to help direct people in their search for the Red Haven.

A Short Window

We may see peaches in the grocery stores from many months. That is because growers have many different varieties of peaches that ripen at all different times, so that they have a continual supply. Each variety is only available for a very short period of time. If you ever have gone to the store, got some peaches, loved them, and came by the next week looking for more, but ended up disappointed, it’s likely that you bought 2 different varieties. A 2 week window is about all your going to have. So if you want to score some Red Havens, you to know when to be looking.

Now you may say that you have seen these peaches for a lot longer than 2 weeks in the past. I know for a fact that orchards and farm stands “extend the harvest” of Red Haven peaches by calling other peach varieties that aren’t Red Havens, Red Havens. To most people can’t distinguish peach varieties from each other, especially if they are anything remotely close in appearance. An excellent article on Growing Produce discusses that subject.

A Short History of the Red Haven

Where did this Red Haven peach come from? The Red Haven peach orginated in South Haven, Michigan in 1930. There is actually a historical marker in South Haven that speaks of the history of the peach. Here is what it reads on the actual historical marker:

The Haven peach varieties were developed here by Michigan State University’s South Haven Experiment Station, under the direction of Professor Stanley Johnston. From 1924 to 1963, eight yellow-fleshed freestone varieties were selected from more than twenty-one thousand cross-bred seedlings. They were named Halehaven, Kalhaven, Redhaven, Fairhaven, Sunhaven, Richhaven, Glohaven and Cresthaven. Redhaven was the first red-skinned commercial peach variety. It is now the most widely planted freestone peach variety in the world. Haven peaches have provided an orderly supply of high quality peaches extending over a seven-week period. Prior to the development of Haven peaches, harvests had been restricted to a three-week period.


The Red Haven peach is such a standard for the peach industry all other peaches are literally compared to it. Take this example from Fruit Acres Farm in Coloma, Michigan. They have developed a series of peaches called the Stellar peaches. Each peach’s name ends in star and they ripen at different points in the season. Now each peach variety is listed by the number days before or after the Red Haven peach ripens. The ripening of the Red Haven is the milestone point of the peach season. Fruit Acres average start date for Red Haven is August 4th.

When Do Red Haven Peaches Ripen In

I researched many different Red Haven peach growers in different states – finding out when their crop was going to be in season. Now depending on the weather, the season can change. For example in 2012 Red Havens in Berrien County, Michigan were ready to go on July 23rd (that was a really hot year). In 2013 the date was August 2nd. So any dates are a general guideline. Always begin peaking right before they should start in your area.

If your region is not on this list (I plan to add more in time), leave a comment below with your email and I will find out for you 🙂

State/Region Ripening Date
Southwest Michigan August 3rd
Northwest Michigan August 9th
Western Montana August 20th
Northern Ohio August 3rd
Central Ohio late July
Southern Illinois mid July
Eastern Nebraska late July
Northern Utah early August
Central Washington August 4th
Northwest Oregon end of July

Latest to Ripen

The very latest ripening Red Havens I have come across are in Montana. Forbidden Fruit Orchards in Paradise, Montana harvested their Red Haven peaches around the 20th of August. Their warm days and cool nights are a great recipe for high quality peaches. A great excuse to enjoy the beauty and big skies of Montana!

Places to Pick

Here is a list of some places you can pick your very own Red Haven peaches.

MichiganKapnick Orchards
MichiganFruit Acres Farm
NebraskaKimmel Orchards
OhioBranstool Orchards
WashingtonStutzman Ranch

7 Replies to “When Do Red Haven Peaches Ripen In…”

  1. Red Haven peaches available in Hayward Wisconsin 54843. About 80 miles south of Duluth Mn.

  2. Tammy Witheril says:

    Hi! Looking for Red Haven peaches in Whitefish or Kalispell MT. Love your info by the way. It’s a joy to see your stuff in my in box.


  3. Eric Samuelson says:

    Cindy, thanks for sharing that piece of info! Do you know the name of the orchard?

  4. Eric Samuelson says:

    First thanks for your kind words. I appreciate your support!

    I will see if I can find any Red Havens in that area and get back to you.

  5. Eric Samuelson says:

    Tammy, The closet option I could find to you is Forbidden Fruit Orchards in Paradise, Montana (http://www.forbiddenfruitorchard.com/)

  6. I have a red Haven and my peaches are more the color of a pear or apple they aren’t orange, at harvest they seem too soft to can but I did anyway.

  7. Eric Samuelson says:

    Do you have any pictures of them?

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