Peaches on the way

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Swihart Peach Orchard will have peaches this season but it will be about a week later than first anticipated.

Peaches should be ready at Swihart Orchard in Leachville by July 19.

Leon Swihart, owner of the longtime orchard in Leachville, said he first thought peaches would be ready by July 11.

Due to the weather the peach shed will not open until July 19.

"Peaches will not grow when the temperature gets above 90 degrees," Swihart said. "The peaches will be delayed at least one week. We can control some things but the weather is out of our control."

Swihart said there will be a few boxes starting this week but the harvest should begin in full force around July 19.

"I am sorry for the delay but it is out of our hands," he said. "The peaches look pretty and they are turning, they just have to grow a little more."

Swihart peaches are a tradition in the area as the orchards have been around for over 80 years. Leon is the third generation of Swiharts to operate the orchards.

"We appreciate our customers very much," Swihart said. "Some have been coming here for years and we look forward to serving them again this season."

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