A ‘late’ but ‘great’ peach crop for NJ [AUDIO]
There's good news for New Jersey peach lovers: this year's crop is "late" but "great."
The peach crop is late this year, mainly because of the harsh winter Jersey farmers and the rest of the state had to endure. However, Tom Holtzhauser, a Mullica Hill peach farmer says the crop is great.
"This year, the way the fruit set up on the tree was absolutely beautiful. There wasn't a lot of thinning to do," Holtzhauser said.
He said his family has been running their farm since 1897, and they routinely produce between 20,000 and 29,000 half-bushels of peaches.
Holtzhauser said as far as the "late" part of this year's produce goes, it was just a matter of a week's time and it really did not hurt the crop.
According to Holtzhauser, all of that snow provided more nitrogen to the peaches on top of the farmers' fertilizer.
Peach producers are expecting more than 30,000 tons of peaches this season, in 100 varieties, from 5,000 acres of trees.