National Peach Month brings attention to Chilton County’s favorite crop

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 5:47 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - July is National Peach Month, a month to encourage us all to “reach for a peach!”

Many consider Chilton County the peach capital of Alabama. It is the largest peach-producing county in the state of Alabama. Peach trees cover about 3,500 acres of Chilton County, producing more than 15 million pounds of peaches yearly.

Peaches are the number one fruit crop for the state, creating $10 million annually. Over 80% of Alabama’s peach crop is grown in Chilton County!

Growers deal with maintaining an adequate number of chill hours and even late-season frosts. Vincent said peaches aren’t easy to grow, and Chilton County farmers have it down to a science.

“We are blessed with growers with years and years of experience,” Vincent said.

Edgar Vicent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension says when picking a good peach, make sure you grab one that has a completely yellow/ red background color with little to no green. The peach should have a velvety feel to it and be slightly soft.

President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July to be National Peach Month in March 1982. The National Peach Council sponsors and promotes it each year.

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