The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 31, 2013

Peach of a crop

Crop behind schedule but sales brisk

By Caleb Odom
For The News Courier

ATHENS — With August a mere day away, workers at Isom’s Orchard are busy selling peaches to fruit-craving customers.

Despite the large amount of rain this year and cooler temperatures, owner Wes Isom says his peach crop is a good one.

“As a whole, the crop is just a little bit behind schedule,” Isom said. “We started a little later than we normally do.”

Behind for Isom’s peaches is roughly 10 days but, according to him, the crop is still normal sized.

At Isom’s Orchard they get the last of their peach crop from about September 10 to 14.

“Everything was pushed back this year,” Isom said.

The rain hurt some of the other ground crops but the big exception was corn.

“Corn has done fantastic,” Isom said.

The orchard has around 30 different varieties of peaches that usually are available in pairs, given the time of summer a customer buys the fruit.

Right now, Isom said they are going through the last of their White peaches, and this is prime time to purchase Loring peaches and Halehaven peaches. Isom said the fruit has roughly 3,000 variations, but having 30 types at the orchard keeps things easier to manage. And for apple lovers, Isom said his Gala apples are about 10 days away from being picked.