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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:00pm

Local Peach Crop Helps Economy

Georgia peach growers are expecting a great season as locally grown produce gains popularity and trees produce the first big crop in years.
The Dickey family has been growing peaches in Crawford County for nearly 75 years.  With 1-thousand trees and 30 varieties they’ll be picking peaches now through August.
Owner Robert Dickey says it’s a full crop after two meager years.  In the past California has flooded the market with peaches, but demand is changing.
“We’ve had a lot of stores, especially here in Georgia want Georgia grown fruit and so many of them are really buying from Georgia growers and featuring them in their stores as that.”
Dickey says the bumper crop could bring prices down, but the number of available peaches will make up for it. Farmers are also hoping Mexico will lift trade restrictions in June allowing Georgia peaches to be exported there for the first time in 20 years.


Georgia peaches ready to be picked (photo courtesy University of Georgia)