Blue Springs Farm Organic - Tree Ripe freestone fresh peaches.
The peaches that grow on Blue Springs Farm are considered ordinary by the standards of Mario and Patricia Tedde, who tend to acres of trees on a hillside overlooking the Tennessee Valley. If that were the case, then all ordinary peaches would grow from trees rooted in organic soil and be picked by gentle hands only when ripe, and only when no traces of green remain in the skin. This isn't extraordinary fruit. This is
ordinary fruit. We've just allowed ourselves to accept substandard fruit. What sets the standard at Blue Spring Farms in Philadelphia, TN are tree ripe, organic peaches. When Mario's peaches are ripe, it means it possesses sweetness and it has achieved the right texture for eating. Mario's peaches are so forthcoming with sweet-tart nectar that they burst when bitten into, shooting jets of juice in all directions.
The Teddes will begin selling direct to customers in 2014 after the first crop is ready and they get certified. With - 4 - acres of peaches out of a 14-acre parcel of hillside, Mario's organic peaches is a significant player in Tennessee. Because Mario's organic peaches are meticulously taken care of, the trees are generous in return. Good irrigation and the sun gives the fruit additional force to build sugars and put on a blush. We have a higher yield off this farm because we value every piece of fruit.
At first, surrounding farmers scoffed at the Teddes for practicing organic farming, which includes keeping sheep and chickens as a source of fertilizer and cats to catch the voles. A border collie (by the name of Shawn) helps to keep the animals in line. The key lessons the Teddes have learned from the peaches include patience, care and sacrifice. When they gear up for the current harvest, they also have to nurture the next. It takes 12 months for peaches to develop from buds, which start appearing in March. They prune and thin trees by hand, making sure to provide the fruit enough room to grow big and sweet. They also pick their own peaches, which translates to more meticulous handling of the fruit.
We would like to give thanks to the people we have met along the way who have all contributed info on growing organic products. It is the numerous parts of information when put together that makes up the story. The story of How to grow Organic Peaches in Tennessee. We would like to give Special thanks to Dr. Lockwood and Grant and Justin of University Tennessee for their expertise; and Rita for putting up with my numerous phone calls. One of the first people we met when we came to Tennessee was Mr. James Cortese who said good luck and gave us our first lesson in Peach 101. Last but not least my wife Pat for putting up with my continuous ideas.