Let's be honest, Georgia is a much better climate for peaches, plums, etc.
In a good year, MA peaches can be pretty good, even excellent. But this summer was terrible, heat early messed up flowering, deluge made what fruit there was watery, and then lack of HEAT in August meant the fruit never got sweet. Mushy, flavorless, blech, my kids won't touch them.
This may have been the worst year for stone fruit in MA that I can remember, but it is never great. I may just stick with trucked in peaches in the future, and wait for the (EXCELLENT) apples.
As an aside, in our new digs in Concord half the houses have old apple trees (sadly ours doesn't) and no one seems to pick them. When we walk around our hood we help our selves to the ones hanging over the paths as most of the apples just fall to the ground. Now cause the trees are totally neglected the apples are smallish, irregular, sometimes with mottled/funky skin. But Oh the apples! I now know which trees grow the really excellent varieties and hit those regularly. Firm, flavorful, sweet, excellent apples. My kids love them.
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