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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2007

CONTACT:    Kevin Hardison, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
(919) 733-7887

N.C. peaches available in limited supplies

RALEIGH – While North Carolina’s peach crop took a devastating hit from an Easter weekend freeze, some peach growers in the state managed to save a portion of their crops and have a limited supply of the distinctively summer treat available now.

“Consumers who are willing to look a little can find North Carolina peaches, but the supply is certainly way below normal,” said Kevin Hardison, a N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services marketing specialist. “A few growers were able to save between 10 and 30 percent of their crop, so there are local peaches in the state. And the North Carolina peaches they’ve got have been delicious, juicy and sweet.”
Hardison said the state-operated farmers markets in Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville are reporting limited supplies of N.C. peaches.

“I encourage consumers to support their local farmers particularly in light of the weather hardships many have faced this season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Many farmers grow a variety of commodities, so it is likely they will have other commodities for sale at their roadside stands and markets. Call ahead to see what is in season and available.”

The limited supply has forced the five state-operated farmers markets in Raleigh, Charlotte, Lumberton, Asheville and the Greensboro area to cancel planned peach-related events. The markets usually host these events to kick off the start of the sales season and offer consumers recipes and other tips for their use. “We certainly intend to have Peach Day events back at all our markets next year,” Hardison said.

Consumers can find information on farmers markets, roadside stands and local pick-your-own fields at the NCDA&CS Web site at www.ncagr.com and at www.ncfarmfresh.com.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047