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July 11, 2017

5 Answers to Your Most Burning Peach Questions

If you haven’t already heard the news, The Peach Truck wrapped up their final weekend at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June7th, leaving many market shoppers embittered and bewildered.  But, wait! Why so sad, folks and friends? This is a time to celebrate, not mourn! To prove it to you, we’re here to answer your most burning peach season questions below, and we hope you come out to support your Tennessee peach farmers at the Peach Jam Night Market on Friday July 21st.

1)      Why did The Peach Truck leave the market so early?

The Peach Truck sells Georgia Peaches, and, simply put, the Georgia peach season of 2017 was severely damaged due to a warm winter and a late freeze.  Peaches prefer approximately 1,000 hours of temperatures below 45 degrees Celsius to produce the most productive crop, yet this season, the hours of chill fell short by almost half. Therefore, The Peach Truck delivered the most peaches that they could to our market shoppers, and we’re so very grateful they spent their 7th year with us at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.  

2)      Does this mean no more peaches at the Nashville Farmers’ Market?

Absolutely not! Grady Swafford of Swafford Farms will arrive with his crop of Tennessee peaches beginning the second week of July. South Carolina peaches are also in abundance since their late-peach-varieties were not damaged by the late March freeze. Find South Carolina peaches at the Southern Roots booth, our Peach Jam Night Market sponsor.

3)      When will Tennessee peaches arrive?

According to Grady Swafford of Swafford Farms, his peach varieties should arrive by Saturday, July 14th, weather permitting.

4)      Why aren’t there more TN peaches at markets around Nashville?

Very good question, folks. According to 5th generation farmer, Troy Smiley—the Nashville Farmers’ Markets’ most trusted source—Tennessee’s unpredictable weather makes peach profits not so pleasant in our region. “Our March and April are volatile, and our seasons are not as defined,” according to Smiley. “However, what makes our climate somewhat poor for peaches is what makes it great for crops like tobacco and tomatoes.” So, that’s a plus!

5)      What’s the best time of day to eat a peach?

We thought you’d never ask. Night time is the right time to celebrate the precious Tennessee peach at our Peach Jam Night Market, Friday, July 21, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9! We’ll have a free table of peach samples, DJ’s spinning vinyl records sponsored by 909 Flats, cooking demos by The Loveless Café, and a special beer garden pop-up by our neighbors at Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House.