Where have all the peaches gone?


POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:49am

Many produce farmers are in the thick of big business time right now, but there's one crop in particular that's harder to come by this year.

"Very few orchards in East Texas have an abundance of peaches," said Tim Buckley of Buckley Farms.

Buckley, of Flint, has been growing produce his whole life.

He says many other fruits were extra late this year.

"We started pulling watermelons yesterday, and generally the middle of June we will be harvesting," he said. "But they were about 2 weeks late."

It's all thanks to that late freeze we got at the end of March.

"If you have a warm March like we had at the beginning, all your berries and your peaches, they bloom, and then the freeze gets them," Buckley said. "And there's nothing you can do about it."

My family has a few peach trees.

Last year, we couldn't pick them fast enough.

"Last year, we had a real good crop because we had a warm spring," Buckley said.

But this year, we waited, and waited, and waited.

The peaches, sadly, never came.

"Once the freeze kills 'em, it kills 'em," Buckley said.

There are still some out there, just nothing Buckley says, like the abundance we saw in 2012.

"There are some late varieties that the freeze ... they weren't bloomed out as much," Buckley said. "That is what you're getting right now."

Let's all say a little prayer "Old Man Winter" doesn't stop by next year for another late visit.

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