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After Rough Start, Virginia Peach Crop Looks Good

The central Virginia peach crop is reported to be in good shape after some early season weather damage. Typically, the Virginia peach season runs from early June into September. Cold weather did impact some early season varieties, but Elaine Lidholm at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said, “it has been a little dry, which is perfect for developing a really sweet tasting peach.”

Jim Saunders, who owns Saunders Brothers Orchard in Piney River, told the Daily Progress his crop looks pretty good and, after a light start, is near normal.

Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet and Carter Mountain Orchard south of Charlottesville began harvesting a week ago. Cynthia Chiles, who owns both, said she is very optimistic.