Harvest in the Garden State should begin in the second week of July, about ten days later than normal, according to a news release from the Glassboro, N.J.-based New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.
Quality should be very good, however, and supplies plentiful, Jerry Frecon, a consultant to the council, said in the release.
“Our peach buds survived a brutal winter, a cool and frosty spring, and are still loaded with fruit,” he said.
About 30,000 to 35,000 tons of fruit are expected from 5,500 acres, the council predicts.
The coldest winter in many years thinned trees, which should mean excellent size and quality, Lewis DeEugenio, owner of Summit City Farms and president of the Jersey Fruit Marketing Cooperative, said in the release.
“Rain and moderate temperatures in May resulted in very good growing conditions,” DeEugenio said. “By mid-July, good quantities of sentry and other commercially grown varieties will be available.”
Volumes should be plentiful through mid-September, he said.