Sweet and tangy with a smooth, golden-yellow skin, the yellow nectarine's juicy flesh offers a refreshing burst of flavor, and is packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Enjoy it fresh or use it in a variety of culinary creations. Nectarines are almost genetically identical to peaches, just without the fuzzy skin! Garnish a fava bean hummus; combine with yogurt for breakfast; make a blueberry nectarine cobbler. Local

Shanesville Fruit Farm

Boyertown, PA

Shanesville Fruit Farm in Earl Township has been driving local change with their delicious fruit fruits. More and more folks both locally and in NYC are becoming more health-conscious and are choosing just picked, locally grown fruit. The fruit farm has been in the Spencer family for over 86 years and they have been selling fruit from their roadside farm stand since the beginning. Acres of orchards are the backbone of the farm. The family grows peach, apple, pear, plum, nectarine, and apricot trees. The secret to their success, Spencer says, is that Berks County has excellent soil for fruit trees. Their central Pennsylvania location is also perfect for many crops. “If you go south in the state, it’s not good for apples, and if you go north, it’s too cold for peaches,” Spencer said. “We’re in a little niche area where crops really do well.”

Ripen on the counter for up to three days (place in a paper bag to speed this process), then move to the crisper drawer for up to a week.