Coffs peaches now in season
THEY may be a fortnight late but they should be juicy and sweet and available at a shop or market stall near you now.
They are the Coffs Coast’s own peaches and nectarines.
Local early season stone fruit growers have been struggling with rain and overcast weather, with many of the early peaches dumped before they could reach the market.
“Up to now it has been a pretty poor season,” said tropical fruit horticulturalist with Industry and Investment NSW, Phil Wilk.
“Growers are just starting to get into their stride, because the rain really affected the early varieties, with brown rot and the weather was too wet to apply fungicides – the season is two weeks behind what it normally is – usually by the middle of October the fruit is reaching its peak.”