Peach Season Starts Early In Western Colorado

<p>Summer peach orchard near Palisade, Colorado.</p>
Photo: Peach Orchard (iStock)
Summer peach orchard near Palisade, Colorado.

The Daily Sentinel reports farmers in the peach-growing community of Palisade noticed their early varieties of the fruit ripened sooner than usual, and Dennis Clark of Clark Family Orchards says cool nights and warm days helped.

Early varieties are about a fourth the size of late-season varieties.

Lance Davis of Nana's Fruit and Jam Shack says a warm winter and gentle spring kept most of the area's fruit crops alive.

Pat Sherer of Aloha Organic Fruit said the orchard is thriving and that she's expecting a particularly productive crop.