Gwen Fowler



Peaches are showing up at farmers markets already

Posted 5/22/2011 9:49:00 PM

Riding to a Coastal Uncorked event on May 13, I spotted peaches at a roadside market in Myrtle Beach and screamed, “Peaches!”

Two friends in the back seat were alarmed, but my husband, who knows how much I love this fruit, never blinked an eye.

I couldn’t wait to get back and buy some. They were from McLeod Farms in McBee, and they were delicious.

Patty Hayes, office manager at McLeod Farms, said the picking began a week to 10 days early at the farm this year. Some show some signs of hail damage – I had noticed some hail marks on mine – but that hasn’t affected the taste.

July is peak peach season, she said, and McLeod has set July 9 as the date for its annual peach festival.

Picking has even started at upstate peach farms. Ron Edwards, manager of Springs Farm Peach Stand in Fort Mill, said picking would begin there May 21, and the season should run through early September. 

He expects this to be a good season, and that’s good news.

They're also showing up at the state farmers' markets.