Pennsylvania peach season ongoing, despite late freeze

The Pennsylvania peach season is progressing unevenly, from “good” to “terrible” depending on what part of Pennsylvania the grower is from.

Dennis and Glenn Seyfert, of Seyfert Orchards in Lebanon, unfortunately fall in the latter category. A late freeze hit the Lebanon County orchard hard, which ended up with peach trees never blooming and producing hardly any peaches.

Daniel Weber, a Penn State Extension tree fruit specialist based in Adams County, said there seems to be a line drawn right around the Harrisburg area. Growers to the south and west of the state capital seem to be doing all right, while growers to the north and east are struggling to find peaches on trees.

Masonic Village Farm Market in Elizabethtown seems to have just fallen on the right side of the line. “We’ll probably end up with 75% of the crop, which for this year is really good,” said Tad Kuntz, the orchard and farm market manager.


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