Coming Up Short But Sweet

Growers Say Yields Down But Dry Spell Boosted Taste

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Posted: July 15, 2014

Jabet Rivera (top) and Luis Cepeda, both employees with Turkey Knob Growers, harvest peaches in an orchard near Quicksburg in Shenandoah County on Monday. Growers report that late frosts and a cool spring contributed to a weak supply of peaches around the region. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Turkey Knob Fruit farm president Jamie Williams said “[W]e’re selling them as fast as we can pick them.”
Employees at Turkey Knob Growers ride through the peach orchard near Quicksburg on Monday.
Jorge Rivera (top) picks peaches and hands them to Luis Cepeda. Turkey Knob officials estimate that peak production is 10 to 14 days away.

TIMBERVILLE — When Jack Frost came to the Shenandoah Valley this spring, he apparently didn’t have time to visit Turkey Knob Growers’ orchards.

Though late frosts killed off significant...



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