July 12, 2012
Virginia-grown peaches are arriving early at roadside stands and groceries.
Peach season typically is from mid-July to Labor Day, but warm spring weather and the recent heat have ripened the fruit early.
Eddie Richards of Richard's Fruit Market in Middletown tells The Winchester Star August is usually prime peach season.
Last year, Virginia produced 6,210 tons of peaches with a value approaching nearly $4 million. Among the varieties grown in Virginia are white, doughnut-shaped and yellow flesh.
Diane Kearns of Fruit Hill Orchard in Frederick County says the warmer weather could also hasten the arrival of apples.