The Circus in Your Mouth is from Northern Michigan
“Well they’re in!” We named this peach after the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer enters eating a "Mackinaw Peach" from Oregon which is ripe for only two weeks a year. “It’s like having a circus in your mouth!” Kramer exclaims. It is a miracle of nature and like the Aurora borealis, it is here for only a short period of time. The peaches ripen later in the season than most and ripen over a month. This northern Michigan and Canadian heirloom peach is often grown from seed producing peaches which are cling-stone (the flesh sticks to the stone or pit). For us it was an accidental discovery of growing numerous seed strains of peaches that can tolerate our non peach like world of late frosts and fungus amoungus. Available again starting fall (September) of 2020.
Note: We have started a seed planting of them as well as doing a better job managing the few mature trees we have but...when temps hit -27 F at our farm in 2019 it took out the blossoms. The trees however were fine but of course that meant no crop. The -25F range is probably the limit of blossom hardiness. Peaches cannot be shipped to CA, WA & OR.
Update: The Mackinaw peach is an heirloom peach generated from seedling peaches. Some seeds came from a fellow seed collector who happens to live near Madison, Wisconsin but the majority are northern seedling peaches in Canada and northern Michigan. People sent us the pits of these seed grown plants. We then grew them up to fruiting size in our very small plantings at our farm in southwestern Michigan. Some of the Mackinaws we are growing were thought to be cold hardy nectarines but apparently that hairless trait does not hold true from seed. They are not related to the other peaches we offer and are not seedlings of commercial peach varieties. Our seedling selections are not from other individual plant breeders or a rootstock used for peaches as well. The Mackinaw peach is produced from seed, not grafted. If a company decides to produce the Mackinaw from grafting then that is not the Mackinaw. From seed to seed to seed to seed is the Mackinaw peach.
|Genus & Species||Prunus persica|
|Seed Source||Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada --Heirloom|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fertile.|
|Soil||Does best in more dry arid conditions but able to grow in loam.|
|Climate||Zone 4ish - zone 8. This is the most northern form we have experimented with without using grafted trees.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Super easy to grow the tree. Tricky to fruit due to early frost and fungal diseases. Fungal diseases are less prevalent with this strain.|