This is one of big CSA loves! They are one of the hardest things to grow as their sweetness attracts pests of all varieties from deer to fungi. Everyone and everything it seems loves a peach.
We pick them so that there is a good blush but not dead ripe so they survive the trip to your home. As with most fruit, it is best to keep these guys refrigerated even though they may feel a little hard. Take out only what you plan to use a day or two ahead and let them ripen on the counter. They can turn from good to rotten vey quickly.
These early peach tend to be cling varieties - where it is hard to get the stone out easily. Later varieties tend to be the cling-free varieties. It is easiest to just cut the cling types close to the pit squaring it off … and then nibble off the remaining flesh before throwing the pit in the compost. Fortunately the pits tend to be smaller too.
We will have at least 20 different varieties of peaches, nectarines and peentos (aka donut peach) come through as we go through the peach season which is a great part of being in a CSA... hope you enjoy them all!!