, Derry, New Hampshire

September 6, 2012

Local growers happy with peach harvest

Local growers happy with juicy crop

Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — As fall harvest is just getting started, the peach season is winding down.

For most farmers, the peaches ripened early this year, due to the warm weather in March and April.

That warmer weather made for a healthy peach harvest for some local farms.

”This is the biggest harvest we’ve had in five or six years,” said Dan Hicks, farm manager at Sunnycrest Farms.

Hicks said he expects his crop to last another week or two. Harvesting started in late July.

”I have no complaints, which is weird for a farmer,” he said.

The season is almost over at Oliver Merrill and Sons, too, where the peaches ripened early.

The peaches are nearing the end, but apples and raspberries are still going strong.

”Our crop was pretty surprising, considering the mixed up weather we’ve had,” said Kenneth Merrill, farm manager of Oliver Merrill and Sons.

At Mack’s Apples, farm manager Mike Cross said peaches were first harvested in early August and are expected to last another week or two. That’s a much earlier end to the season than is typical. Peach season usually runs until late September, he said.

But, Cross isn’t complaining. This year’s crop has been “fantastic,” he said, good size and plenty of fruit.