Eufaula peach orchard owner nervous about the next 2 months of peach season


EUFAULA, AL — The peach state is not so peachy anymore. Georgia has not been the true peach state for decades.

Today the number one exported fruit out of Georgia are blueberries. However, Alabama’s number one exported fruit are peaches and that is where I found myself this week.

Reporter Kristina Privette stopped by Backyard Orchards in Eufaula to see how the El Niño winter impacted their summer peach harvest.

One of the co-owners of the farm, Cassie Young, says it was both good and bad. It was good for the blueberries and strawberries. She says it made the blueberries extra plump and it made the strawberry season last extra long. It’s the peaches that worry her.

For now Young says you can come down to her “you pick orchards” and leave with baskets of beautiful peaches. However her concern is the next couple of months of peach season will be a flop.

Young tells us the reason: “Because the ones that got the lower chill hours got enough cold, but in the next few months we might not have enough peaches because we didn’t get enough cold.”

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