( Courtesy Stemilt Growers )

Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., will be shipping Artisan Organics brand peaches and nectarines soon, with the season beginning in mid-July.

The company plans to start packing the organic stone fruit about July 15, and volumes will pick up quickly by the end of the month, according to a news release.

Retailers should prepare with planned promotions from mid-August to mid-September, Brianna Shales, Stemilt’s communications manager, said in the release.

“Their ads should address the opportunity to go big with bulk or appeal to families on the go who are need in of the Lil Snappers 2-pound pouch bag, available in both organic peaches and nectarines,” she said in the release.

Stemilt’s first Artisan Organic peach variety of the season is zee lady, and Sierra rich and sweet dream will be the bulk of the August shipments, with August lady wrapping up the season in September. Grand bright, honey haven and August bright are the company’s main organic nectarine varieties, according to the release.

Stemilt’s stone fruit is all organic, and the company’s organic program is celebrating a 30-year anniversary this year.

The company’s organic peaches and nectarines primarily are grown by the Douglas family in southcentral Washington.

“The Douglas family have farmed for four generations and knows how this region’s climate affects their organic crops,” Shales said in the release. “They have spent years perfecting the art of growing organics and they have found what works and what doesn’t.”

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