Last try peach. Contender or Reliance?
Here in zone 4 Wisconsin I have lost 2 peach trees to wind. First I grew a Reliance and got a decent crop of peaches the third year. Right after harvesting, the whole tree blew over in the wind. Thought it was just bad luck and I next planted a Contender. This past August with a large crop of peaches on, the tree blew over. I harvested the peaches, though. Now I am going to give peaches one more try with the espalier method with a dwarf. (The others were standard.)
I thought the Reliance peaches tasted very good. (Of course compared to shipped in fruit from the local grocery.) The Contender peaches may have been a tad short of ripe when the tree blew over, though they were a rosey color and I let them sit until they softened. Now I see the catalog says Reliance is considered a canning peach and Contender the leader in flavor for fresh eating.
Have any of you harvested ripe fruit from both and can give me a real person opinion and not just the glowing nursery catalog opinion? I would appreciate it because this is my last try and it will probably be 2014 before I taste my next homegrown peach.