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Growers happy about peach crop

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

BARNEY, GA (WALB) –Peach growers are happy about this year's crop.

They were worried at first the cold winter might damage their crops, but since there wasn't a hard freeze after the crops started to bloom, growers are looking forward to a good season.

With 475 acres of peach orchards it's hard to believe, the Burton Brooks Orchards in Brooks County lost 80 percent of it's crop last year. This year's a different story.

"We got plenty of chill hours but then the cold would come back and after they're starting to bloom they'll kill off those peaches," said Elisha Abbott of Burton Brooks Orchards.

Peach season runs from May to July.

"The peach crop does look good, so far we're doing good," said Elisha Abbott.

In the last several years, late freezes in March have caused some growers to lose their early peach crops but this year's early peaches are plentiful and ready to be picked.

Workers were out picking the peaches a little under ripe, so they'll have time to ripen up on their own before customers pick them up.

"The peaches are actually different colories and they range in size but most people like a red peach because they're more ripe," said Abbott.

They have about seven varieties and nectarines too.

"The other varieties we have are like the Suwannees. the Dixielands, and so far they look good and we'll know more later on as they start to ripen up in size and everything," said Abbott.

In a few weeks, they'll also open up their U-Pick orchards

The 23rd annual Peach festival is this Saturday in Morven.

You'll find all things peachy from ice cream to pies and arts and crafts.


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