March 12 and March 13, 2014 (tonight and tomorrow night) are very important days in the life of The Peach Truck. They’re also very important int he life of my Aunt and Uncle’s farm, Pearson Farm. Looking at the 15 day forecast, these days are when we’re most susceptible to a late freeze.
A late freeze is not a good thing, as you can imagine. This has been a spectacular Winter for us thus far. We’ve gotten more than enough chill hours (number of hours under 45 degrees. Those allow the trees to “sleep”). We’re set up for an incredible crop this summer. As in, better peaches than we’ve ever had. As long as we make it through the next two nights. Since most of the trees have now bloomed those beautiful flowers, the trees are ready for warm weather. A frost can kill those blooms, in turn killing the peaches we would bring you this summer.
So here we are. Dependance. On God. On Mother Nature. On the weather. It’s completely out of our control. It doesn’t matter how good a farmer you are. This is always a possibility (A 100% crop loss has happened 3 times in Uncle Bill’s lifetime. About once every 23 years or so).
It’s scary as can be, but there’s something in it that feels right at the same time. It feels good to look at the weather each morning with hope and wonder. It feels good to know that the taste of our peaches is largely dependent on what the weather does. That’s how produce is supposed to work. The weather should impact the way our food tastes.
A cold winter and a hot summer and the best peach farmers in the world provide an amazing crop of peaches. If we’re missing a piece of that equation, they won’t be as good.
We’re learning to love the art of dependance. We’re learning to appreciate not having control of every variable. It means we’re part of something that’s bigger than ourselves, and that just feels right.
We’ll keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook, but right now, things are looking pretty good for the next couple of days. We’re just about 2 months away from Peach Season 2014. It’s been a long, bleak winter, and we’re ready for those Fresh Georgia Peaches as much as you are.