Peach and Plum Variety Showcase Aug. 27

You are invited to see and taste both traditional and unusual peach and plum varieties and experimental selections.

Date: August 27, 2013
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (view map)
Contact: Bill Shane at 269-208-1652 or

This extensive stone fruit display will be assembled from samples contributed by commercial growers, nurseries and university breeding programs across Michigan and elsewhere. Fruit on display will include yellow- and white-fleshed peaches and nectarines, donut, aprium and plumcot types. Attendees will see new varieties and experimental selections from the Stellar, Flamin’ Fury, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin, Cornell University and Michigan State University breeding programs. At this meeting, plant breeders, commercial nursery growers and university researchers will share their experiences and recommendations with these new varieties.

This showcase will take place in Berrien County at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) from 4 to 7 p.m. The schedule is:

  • 4 p.m. Fruit variety displays open for viewing and tasting
  • 4:30 p.m. Fruit variety discussions
  • 6 p.m. Dinner.

There is no charge. Dinner provided courtesy of Summit Tree Sales, Lawrence, Mich.

You are welcome to bring samples of new, unusual and experimental peach and plum varieties to add to the display. The SWMREC will be open for self-guided tours to see over 60 projects on fruit and vegetables including high-tunnel production, grapes, hops, peach training systems, variety trials and peach breeding.

This showcase is organized by the Michigan Peach Sponsors, Michigan Plum Advisory Board, Summit Tree Sales and Michigan State University Extension.

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