“It’s a long season from when we start bloom until we harvest, pack and ship the last box of peaches in September. Lots of things can happen to change our situation during this period,” said Maccherone
Matt Duffield of Duffield Farms in Sewell is anticipating a normal harvest season with the first peaches being harvested in early July. “We have enough fruit in some blocks to warrant heavy thinning to not only reduce crop load but to also improve size and quality,” he said. The Duffield family grows many crops, including peaches on their 400 acres centered in Washington Township, Gloucester County.
“We have white- and yellow-fleshed peaches and some nectarines, and an excellent water supply to grow and market large highly colored and flavored fruit,” said Duffield. “Most of our fruit is marked locally at our farmers markets so tree ripeness is of utmost importance with all the fruit we grow.”