Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
Life is short, make it peach! Thanks for tuning into Fun, Fact Friday right here on Ranch Raised! Seeing that August is National Peach Month and I devote a lot of pantry space to quart jars of peaches, let’s learn more about one America’s favorite delights!
There are two basic types of peaches: clingstone and freestone. With clingstone peaches, the flesh “clings” to the “stone” of the peach, making it difficult to separate, and thus more suitable for processing. The pit of freestone peaches “freely” separates from the flesh, making it ideal for fresh eating.
The inside flesh of peaches exists in three different colors: yellow, white and the less common red. In the United States yellow-fleshed peaches are the most common.
The top four states in peach production are California, South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey. n 2017, California supplied over half of the United States fresh peach crop and more than 96 percent of processed peaches. I’m shocked that Colorado wasn’t listed at the top, as that is where I tend to source my peaches from.
It looks like we can source our peaches from American growers nearly all year around. California clingstone peaches are available from July to September, while California freestone peaches are harvested from April to October. The Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina provide peaches from May to August. For all other states the marketing season is from July to September.
So check those labels at the grocery store and support the American peach industry!
Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the Jones Ranch.
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