Whitecomb’s Farm Market employee Tanner Dillon, 18, stocks Garden Beauty peaches Wednesday at the West Manchester Township farm. Below, township
Whitecomb's Farm Market employee Tanner Dillon, 18, stocks Garden Beauty peaches Wednesday at the West Manchester Township farm. Below, township resident Mary Jane Schwartzer, left, and her daughter Mary Lou Seibert of West York browse the display. (PHOTOS BY Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

Janet Grossman says here's nothing like a fresh local peach.

The 46-year-old York Township resident bought a bushel Wednesday morning at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market.

"I might make a pie, but really I'm happy just to have them as a snack," Grossman said.

Brown's, at 8892 Susquehanna Trail South in Loganville, has been selling some of its 25 varieties for more than a week.

"There's potential for an excellent crop," said owner Stan Brown.

He and other local growers were concerned a harsh winter, late frost and cool spring might have damaged their peach trees.

But that hasn't been the case.

"Our apricots and sour cherries took it on the chin, but they're a small part of our business. Peaches and apples are our two big babies, and they're doing great," Brown said.

Peaches are about two or three days behind schedule and have all the rain they need, he said.

"Now they want some hot weather. Peaches thrive in hot weather," Brown said.

The popular Freestone peaches will hit the market within the next week, and several other varieties will continue to be sold through the third week of September, he said.

Elsewhere: Winter also spared the peach crop at Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market at 110 Ducktown Road in Hellam Township.

"It's a really great crop. They're sweet, juicy and delicious," said market manager Julie Flinchbaugh.

A rainy spring helped size them into a nice, plum crop, she said.

Flinchbaugh's grows 24 varieties of peaches and allows customers to pick their own peaches.


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The farm is getting ready to host its annual peach festival. Peach Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, and Saturday, Aug. 2.

While York County growers have reported a great crop, some farmers in Michigan, Ohio and western Pennsylvania have said they lost their peaches to a harsh winter.

"We were far enough south here to escape damage," said Barron Shaw, orchard manager at Shaw Orchards at 21901 Barrens Road South in Stewartstown.

Whitecomb’s Farm Market sells Garden Beauty peaches Wednesday. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com
Whitecomb's Farm Market sells Garden Beauty peaches Wednesday. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Shaw Orchards started picking peaches about a week ago, he said.

"We were worried winter would destroy them, but our crop looks good," Shaw said.

His seven varieties of peaches are about a week late because of the rainy spring, which is in line with what growers have reported all year.

Strawberries, blueberries, sweet corn, and other fruits and vegetables were all a little late this year because of a wet, cool spring, local farmers said.

"By the time the pumpkins are out, we should all be fine," Shaw said.

— Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.