Around this time, Okanagan producers should be selling this year’s peach harvest. However, with the colder spring weather, producers have lost the majority, if not all, of their crops.
For instance, Crosby Organics has eight varieties of peaches on around 900 trees. This year, they lost nearly 90 per cent of their crop to the cold. They could only salvage around 100 trees of a single variety that tends to ripen later in the summer.
“They weren’t affected for whatever reason. It’s either just the timing of the blossoms; they weren’t hit during that little period. I think it’s just a few degrees that we kind of were affected so drastically,” said Lindsey Crosby, owner of Crosby Organics.
With the loss of thousands of pounds worth of peaches, Crosby has been trying to make it up in other ways and is hoping their other fruits will do the trick.