VDACS Announces Good Peach Crop this YearPosted: Updated:
All of the rain we received in the spring and the drier conditions during June and July has made conditions perfect for sweet tasting peaches this year.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and consumer services say farmers are expecting very good peach crops this year.
Peach season is currently going on now through the end of August, but supplies should last through early September.
At Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet, store manager Lisa Henson says there several different types of peaches that are best harvested at different times
“We have several different varieties, right now we're picking a yellow peach, soon we'll be picking a donut peach, this one right now is very close to being a free stone. That's what happen in the summer when there's a lot of heat and the heat pulls the meat from the pit,” Henson said.
According to the USDA, Virginia produced 65,000 tons of peaches in 2012 valued at six-million dollars.