Cold weather damaged summer crops

You may find less locally-grown fruit for sale this summer

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts will be lacking some of its usual summer fruit this year. 22News discovered a change in weather is to blame for the lack of supply.

The drastic temperatures that changed from winter to spring damaged some crops at local farms; one of those being peaches. “They weren’t ready for the cold shock when it went from 60 for a week to then all of a sudden it got to 10 below. The buds just couldn’t survive,” said Tom Clark, Co-Owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms.

This weather changed radically last February. Clark said there will be no peaches from most New England farms all summer.

“With farming, you can have a good year and then have a year that’s not as productive,” said Sara Winters, Farm Hand at Clarkdale Fruit Farms. “But, I’ve never seen it when we’ve lost the entire crop.”

However, it’s not all bad news. Clark told 22News apples and pears are still in good shape, and on-target for a decent harvest. He said they’ll start picking apples and pears in August, right through the fall. And, with no peaches to pick, they expect to start making cider earlier this year .

Clarkdale Farms plans to have some cherries for the Greenfield Farmers’ Market in July.

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