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6-17-18

We are still picking clingstone peaches at this time.  There will be some Harvester variety peaches by the 25th.  They are freestone, but the crop is light.  Blazeprince and Red Haven will also be ripening soon, but both are semi-freestone.  For those who are wanting freestone peaches for any purpose, I would suggest anytime in July.  Check back for more updates.

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6-2-18

We are picking Derby and Desiree at this time.  You can visit the Raleigh Farmers Market and purchase our peaches at Michele’s Fresh Fruit.  Our stand at Eagle Springs will probably open around the 15th of June.  Check back for a definite date.  It still looks like about 65% of a crop, but it is better than the last 2 years.  Check back later for more farm news.

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4-23-18

I would estimate the 2018 crop at 60% at this time.  There are still some suspect peaches on the trees which may not stick.  Varieties which look the best are Julyprince, Blazeprince, Flameprince, Contender, Carolina Gold, and Autumnprince.  Apples look to be around 70%.  Check back later for more updates.

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3-10-18

There have been several cold mornings this week and on the morning of the ninth we saw temps in the low twenties.  The blooms which were still fairly tight persevered well, but the open blooms were mostly killed.  I think there is still a good crop left, but some varieties can’t tolerate much more loss.  The coming week calls for several freeze events before a warming trend develops.  We are not quite as advanced in bloom as we were last year when we went through a similar two week event of relentless freezes, so I’m optimistic we’ll come through with at least a half crop.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-3-18

Blooms are further advanced than we would like at this time.  Some varieties are 50 percent open while some are still swollen but are holding back.  Colder weather next week will slow down the progress of the blooms, but we are still going to be two weeks ahead of normal.  We can stand high 20s for a short period of time in bloom stage so 26 would probably be the threshold temperature we would like to be above.  When we get past bloom anything below 30 degrees could mean severe damage to the crop.  We continue to prune the trees and apply weed control to the orchard floor.  Check back later for more farm news.

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2-2-18

We have finished pruning apple trees and are now pruning the older peach trees.  This has been a normal winter temperature wise and the south should have no worries about cold hours.  We will be planting about 600 new trees sometime in February.  We have also erected a fourth wind machine to help protect against spring freezes.  Optimism is high for 2018, so visit our site again soon for more farm news.

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6-13-17

We will be open by the 17th of June.  We will probably be picking Blazeprince and Fireprince.  The supply will probably be the best from June 25th through July 20th.  We hope to have blueberries, cucumbers, squash, and a few apples available initially.  We should have sweet corn and cantaloupes available by the 25th.  Check back later for more farm news.

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5-18-17

We are probably managing 35 percent of our orchard in order to get 15 percent of a crop.  There are many rows with a partial crop of peaches, but if we feel like there is a half bushel on the tree then we have decided to care for it.  Even if we break even on the tree, we know that we need every peach out there to supply the stand.  One block of trees looks real good and there are several varieties on this location including Contender, Cresthaven, Ruston Red, Carolina Gold, China Pearl, and Georgia Belle.  The apples have a normal crop with the exception of Arkansas Black which are very light.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-24-17

The morning of the 17th took a toll on the peach crop.  We saw temps in the low twenties with very little wind.  At this time, I estimate there may be 30 percent of a crop left.  There are still three weeks left in which we can easily lose the rest, so we’ll wait until the fifteenth of April to give a more accurate estimate.  Check back then for more farm news.

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3-16-17

We have spent the last two weeks battling freezes.  Seven of the last thirteen days have had freezing temperatures.  Each freeze has cost us peaches, but we think there is still at least half a crop left.  However, tonight we will go once again into the mid-twenties and there is another month left in which the crop could be hurt.  Check back later for more farm news.

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