Colorado Peaches are in short supply this year, thanks to a hard freeze one night in April.
And now peach growers have concerns about a recall of peaches from a California packer because of salmonella.
Bay Drake: “There is a tendency of folks when they hear about a recall to just quit eating that entire type of produce. So we just want to make sure that consumers will take a look at the source of their peaches to see if there’s a Colorado Proud logo or some other designation that they’re from Colorado. They’re absolutely safe and not part of the recall and delicious peaches. And we would encourage everyone to eat up because we are pretty much in the middle or even in the end part of the peach harvest in Colorado.”
Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Executive Director Marilyn Bay Drake speaking with Colorado Ag Today.
Bay Drake says while there is a reduction in the quantity of Colorado’s peaches in 2020, the quality has not suffered.
Harrison Topp, of Topp Fruits in Hotchkiss in a statement added that said it’s especially important for consumers to support Colorado fruit growers this year, as so many have reduced crop volumes because of that late spring freeze on Western Slope orchards.
Depending on elevation and locations peach crops were either completely destroyed or barely touched but many farmers in Mesa county lost 85 to 90 percent of their crop.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers, restaurants, and retailers no tot eat, sell, or serve recalled peaches packed or supplied by Prima Wawona from June 1st to Aug. 19th.