I hope this update finds everyone having a great 4th of July and celebrating our great nation. We made it to July and we are in the heart of the summer here in the San Joaquin Valley. It’s hot, there’s no other way to spin this weather update. It’s forecasted to be near or above 100 for the foreseeable future, so we’ll shorten the weather update this week.
Our harvest continues to be challenging at times. There are some varieties of fruit that are just not maturing as fast as we expect them to. Two weeks ago I was pumping up the Owen T black plums, figuring we would start them last week. That didn’t turn out to be the case and we are hoping to start hitting a bit more volume later this week, but the crop still looks great, it’s just a bit delayed more than we thought. The wide range of maturity across the valley is really helping the fruit size and allows us to deliver excellent fresh fruit to you every day. We will start picking some varieties as much as 7 times this month in order to pick only the ripe fruit and allow the immature fruit to grow and pick it when it’s ready.
We will continue to offer a wide range of both yellow and white peach and nectarines, red and black plums and our full line of plumcots from here on through the summer. As I stated in the video today, we have a lot of really great yellow peach varieties coming up. Big beautiful freestone varieties that are good in ice cream, pies and cobblers or just out of hand. Don’t miss out on promoting these big and juicy peaches. Upcoming varieties starting up include the following:
Honey Royale - July 9
Sweet Dream - July 6
Zee Lady - July 16
Majestic Pearl - July 12
Summersweet - July 3
Snow Princess - July 14
Fortune - July 9
Owen T - July 6
Catalina - July 16
Dapple Fire (3278 PLU) - July 9
Dapple Dandy (3278 PLU) - July 17
Sunset Gold (3610 PLU) - July 18