Farmers Markets in the Grand Junction area are in full swing but some farmers are having trouble filling the high demand for peaches.
A spring freeze is being blamed for the low quantity of peaches available. Research shows that this year's crop is soft with split pits, which causes the peaches to ripen and mature too quickly. To avoid these problems some farmers are picking their peaches early but the peaches that can be salvaged are unusually small and bitter. The rest are thrown away.
One Palisade farmer estimates his losses at 30,000 dollars, and one large supermarket chain reports a drop of thirty percent in the availability of Colorado peaches.
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