South Carolina peach farmers report a good growing season

South Carolina peach farmers report a good growing season

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SPARTANBURG (AP) — Peach farmers in South Carolina's Upstate region say they are having a good season despite some damage caused by cold weather.

Peaches are sweeter this year, farmers told GoUpstate.com .

"And we've had high demand, which is great for us," said Fishers Orchard owner Mark Fisher. "Some of the peaches had split seeds. That's what happens when we get cold weather."

Fisher said his farm produced more peaches this year than in 2018.

At Cooley Farms in Chesnee, Brandi Easler said rains have been good.

"Every peach season is different, and this year we've had some really sweet peaches," he said.

The region is just past the peak of the season. Peach season usually ends in mid-September. Early blooms this year, however, will bring it to a close earlier than normal, said Clemson Extension Agent Andy Rollins.

Rollins said in addition to split seeds, some farmers reported that peaches didn't grow to full size. Still, he said demand for peaches was strong and the season was good overall.

"There are still a lot of local varieties available," he said.

William Cooke, of Greer, stopped by a stand at Fishers Orchard on Tuesday to pick up peaches for later in the week. He said this year's crop is among the best he's had.

"There's only a few stands around here, and they have a good product," he said.

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