After a few weeks of relatively cool weather and rain, it appears New Jersey will skip spring entirely to jump to summer: it's 90 degrees today outside the Food Institute offices in Upper Saddle River, NJ. And with summer comes one of my favorite foods: peaches.
Northeast peach growers expect a healthy crop in 2017 after the 2016 crop was nearly wiped out by adverse weather events. A mild winter and average bloom time is leading to a high-quality crop. "Everything just dialed in this year," said Al Caggiano, co-owner of Sunny Slope Orchards, in Bridgeton, NJ.
Frank Carlson, who runs Carlson Orchards in Harvard, MA, with brothers Bruce and Robert, called last year a massacre. However, he also said, "we just experienced a beautiful bloom, so we are anticipating a pretty decent crop," he said, hoping to match the roughly 200,000-lbs. he harvested in 2015, reported Miami Herald (May 14).
Georgia peach growers expect to salvage about 70% of the peach crop for the peak summer season. Georgia's peach crop might suffer due to insufficient chill hours from the frost, although growers expect a yield of larger fruit, reported Modesto Bee (May 13).
Across the country, peach thinning began in select extra-early California orchards, according to Pacific Coast Producers. Some growers feel they may not need to thin some varieties due to a lighter set. More updates will be coming from the region, but the company notes pears, fruits and apricots are looking good, too.
Chris focuses on fresh, canned and frozen fruit and fresh and dried vegetables for the Food Institute Report. In addition, he assists in compiling data for various Food Institute publications throughout the year. He is a proud Rutgers University alumnus with a degree in English, and has a background in web writing for a variety of industries, including legal, foodservice and small-to-medium sized businesses. In his downtime you can find him watching New York Yankees baseball, hiking, enjoying live music and spending time with his dog Kaiden. He invites you to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about anything food-related.
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