The Saunders Brothers Orchard grows over 30 varieties of peaches, but a storm earlier this month could have left them with none. Now the farmers are thankful that a large part of their crop did survive.
On June 1, there was a hail storm at their Nelson County orchard. Jim Saunders, the owner of the farm, says for five to 10 minutes, golf ball-sized hail came down and nearly ruined several of the peach trees on his land.
The hail "hit mostly the tops of the trees and the edges of the trees but we're very fortunate that a lot of the damage was not very bad," he said.
He estimates that only 5 percent of the crop was completely ruined, but another 40 percent has a couple of dings.
"We can't prevent it, we've got hail damage and yet this is the best we can do for our first peaches," said Jeanne Scott, the manager at the market where the Saunders Brothers peaches are sold.
"They still taste the same. They still cut the same. The pie will still be just as good, but they have that cosmetic damage and a lot of people will think it means they're not as good, but it doesn't," she said.
But those that aren't good enough to eat, might still be made into something sweet.
"We're calling it 'Paul's Peaches and Cream.' We're trying to do a fruit smoothie or a milk shake, somewhere in between," Scott said.
The Saunders Brothers Orchard plans to sell all their varieties of peaches from now until late in September.