Swihart peach harvest in its last week

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sammi Fowler has worked at Swihart Orchard for three years during her summer breaks from school.

Peach harvest in Leachville will be coming to an end almost 14 days earlier than usual and will end around Aug. 10 at Swihart Peach Orchard.

Leon Swihart said due to the dry weather the peaches were a little slow getting ripe and after the rain, the peaches all ripened at the same time.

The peaches are just a little smaller than some years but are still good size, Swihart said.

Peaches should be available every day from now until the end of harvest. The peach shed will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. People can purchase peaches from the shed or pick their own.

"We appreciate all of our customers," Swihart said. "Some have been coming for over 40 years."

Leon is the third generation of Swiharts to care for the orchard. He has seen his share of good seasons and bad seasons. Every year is different. Swihart Orchards has been part of Leachville for over 80 years starting with Leon's grandfather, Merrill Swihart, followed by his father, Johnny Swihart.

Throughout the years Swiharts have used their orchards to help with community fundraising events including St. Jude Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, local ambulance services, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Relay for Life, and others. The Manila Business Women get peaches from Swihart for their fried pie sales each year.

Swihart said he has numerous varieties of Elbertas.

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