Peaches will last about two more weeks with Autumnprince, and Sweet September being the final varieties. Apples are lighter than I originally thought with less than 25% of a crop. Granny Smith may be the best because the other varieties are showing some cold damage. We hope to have sweet potatoes by mid month. Check back later for more farm news.
We have been in short supply of peaches for two weeks, but our late peaches will begin this week with a good supply. Fairtime, Autumnprince, and Sweet September are almost ready to pick so our peach supply should be good through mid September. We are picking Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples also. Sweet Potatoes should be ready around September 15th. Due to the light apple crop we will probably close in early October. Check back later for more farm news.
This will be a light week of peaches with Flameprince being the main variety. We will have a few August Lady peaches also. Our supply will increase next week with Fairtime and a few Big Reds, followed by Autumnprince and Sweet September. We will be picking Golden and Red Delicious sometime next week, with Granny Smith ripening a short time later. We continue to have tomatoes and watermelons available. Check back later for more farm news.
We are entering the beginning of late peaches with Tyler, Augustprince, and Sweet Sue ripening this week. We still have melons, tomatoes, lopes, and blueberries available. The Gala apples are coming in along with a cooking apple. July was a good month for peach supply, but August could be spotty, especially mid-August. The late varieties which begin in late August should be plentiful. Check back later for more farm news.
We are entering the middle of our season with many varieties of peaches available at this time. Business has been very good and some days we sell out of peaches before closing time. The best varieties for canning or freezing are available at this time. We also have tomatoes, melons, lopes, cucumbers, corn, and blueberries available. The peach festival is coming up on July 18th. This is our busiest day of the year, so we will have lots of peaches on hand with extra employees on hand to handle the customers. Come by and visit soon.
We are picking Harvestors which are beautiful, but there is a short crop of them. Blazeprince peaches are also in at this time, but there is a percentage of this variety which are showing cold damage, meaning some are not sizing properly. Our peach supply is down and we haven’t got many for wholesale. Next week we will start on Fireprince and Carolina Belle, but the supply of peaches will be light until Contender comes in after the fourth. We have melons, lopes, cukes, corn, and tomatoes available at the fruit stand. Check back later for more farm news.
We will open the fruit stand on Monday the 14th. The first peaches will be clings, which are fine for eating, but the freestones which most prefer will be available soon. This is a short crop year, but we hope to keep a supply of peaches available throughout the season. However, if someone wants several baskets of a variety we suggest a call to verify availability. The weather has been good and we have received several good rains, but not enough to create problems. We should have cucumbers, corn, and squash available next week, but melons and lopes will be later. Check back later for more farm news.
Peaches are growing in this hot May weather, however it will be a while before they are ready to pick . We’ll probably open around the 20th of June. Melons, sweet corn, okra, and tomatoes are growing well and we will be planting more this month. Blueberries came through the freeze and seem to have a nice crop. Summer is coming and we hope to have some nice peaches available through September. Check back later for more farm news.
Some varieties of peaches are looking better. There are still some peaches which are slow to grow, but some varieties are looking normal. We will thin some of the heavier loaded varieties next week. Contenders, Cresthaven, Blazeprince, and Summerprince will require a normal amount of thinning, but most varieties won’t need much. Apples were damaged more than I previously thought. Goldens are light while Granny Smith and Arkansas Black seem normal. We will know more as they start growing. Check back later for more farm news.
We are still not sure about this peach crop. There are areas that were basically wiped out. A damaged crop will always get worse because some of the peaches that look alive could still be mortally damaged. My estimate would put this crop at around 30 percent of a full crop, however this estimate may change some in the next two weeks. We are managing the orchard as usual, but have eliminated spraying in areas that are definitely wiped out. Apples also had damage, but I don’t believe it will hurt the overall crop. Check back later for more farm news.