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Bennett Orchards Moving Forward After Loss of Peach Crop

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This 3-acre plot of land will be the new home for thousands of melon plants in Frankford. (Photo: WBOC) This 3-acre plot of land will be the new home for thousands of melon plants in Frankford. (Photo: WBOC)
Peaches appear to be in bad shape, according to the Bennett Family (Photo: WBOC) Peaches appear to be in bad shape, according to the Bennett Family (Photo: WBOC)

FRANKFORD, Del. - As the saying goes, 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.' This is the philosophy at Bennett Orchards, where the family is trying to regroup after an early April cold front devastated their peach crop. Their possible solution comes in the form of thousands of melons. 

Hail and Henry Bennett, who run the family farm, have decided to plant approximately 7,000 melon-plants in an effort to redeem the season. 

"I'm 28-years-old," said Hail. "And I was 3-years-old the last time we didn't have a peach crop in the summer. So, thinking about not having peaches in July, in August, it's kind of surreal." 

Henry said the action was needed, so that they would not be "empty handed" at the farmers markets. The farm also grows blueberries, which have an earlier season. 

"We'll be growing 7,000 plants of six different varieties," he said. "We're going to do an oriental variety, a Spanish variety, a Canary Melon, a French Charentais, a musk melon, and then we're going to do a small personal size hybrid watermelons." 

The Bennett's said this is more than just a story of farmer perseverance though. They said the amount of community support has been remarkable. Bennett Orchards posted an update on the Facebook, and as of Monday afternoon, they received approximately 73,000 views, 585 shares, and more than 500 comments. 

"It brings a positive light to a bad situation," said Henry. "What happened was very unfortunate for ourselves and our customers. But it shows that in times like this on Delmarva, the community has your back."

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