Spring Freeze Results In Bitter Harvest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A spring freeze is causing troubles with Colorado's peach harvest, resulting in fewer peaches in the grocery stores and predictions of losses for farmers in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Some of the crop has soft suture and split pit -- which causes part of a peach to ripen before the rest of it.

Some growers are picking their peaches early to avoid those problems.

But that means smaller peaches that aren't as sweet.

The bad ones are getting tossed.

Bruce Talbott of Talbott Farms in Palisade estimates that his farm has lost 20 percent of its early-season crop and expects to lose five percent of his later crop.

That will cost him about 30,000 dollars.

King Soopers has seen a drop of about 30 percent in the availability of Colorado peaches.

A spokesman says the grocery chain might have to supplement its produce with out-of-state peaches.

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