The early start for Family Tree Farms is due to its West Hills orchards, Goforth said, and the orchards closer to the company’s headquarters usually follow about 10 days later.
“One variety can stretch four weeks,” he said. “It’s not because we’re holding or storing fruit. It’s because we’re changing geographic regions with the same variety.”
Snow angel also is the season-opening peach variety for Brandt Farms Inc., Reedley, said Mike Reimer, sales director. Yellow-flesh and white-flesh varieties of peaches and nectarines will follow.
“We’ll be off to the races by the third week in May,” he said.
Parlier-based Sunwest Fruit Co. Inc. is scheduled to be among the later starters.
“We’ll probably start the last week of May with our yellow-flesh spring flames,” said Doug Sankey, marketing manager.
Sunwest is scheduled to pack peaches, nectarines and plums by June 1, he said, with the white flesh varieties of peaches later in the season.
“We’re heavy to yellows and plums,” Sankey said.