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Pleasant Surprise for Peach Farmers


BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- When bad weather strikes, it makes farmers uneasy on Delmarva. That proved true for peach farmers at the beginning of this year's peach season, but now we're officially into August and things are looking up for peach lovers.

Doris Windsor of Wingate, Maryland and her husband have been picking peaches for about seven years. Every summer, they make their way to T.S. Smith & Sons to get their supply ready.

"They're delicious," Windsor said. "They're really nice, and all of our friends love them."

This is the time of year farmers like Charlie Smith are busy at work.

"I love it this time of the year," said Smith.

He admits he was a little nervous about how his prized peaches were going to turn out this year.

"Early on a lot of the early peaches were frozen out by the sub-zero temperatures in January," said Smith. "But now the harvesting is back to more of a normal yield."

Fortunately for him, the customers had no complaints.

"They're the best," said Windsor. "They're the best we've had."

As the peaches starting to grow into its normal state, they say they've become better than ever.

"It's been great," said U-Pick Specialist, Becky Walker. "You get to meet such a nice variety of people and you get to find out what exactly they're going to do with the peaches. of course the best part is eating them."

After 12 months of working to grow the peaches, Smith is glad the season is here.

"It's exciting at this point because I can see my efforts being rewarded," said Smith.

From the looks of the peaches hanging on the trees and the smiles on his customers faces, it was a job well done.


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