Peach lovers will have to wait longer than usual to get the fresh Jersey fruit this year, due to lingering effects of a tough winter. The early peach varieties usually come to market the first week in July, with an average first harvest date of July 5. But this year the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council polled growers and predicted the early crop will be a week to 10 days late. "A longer winter, and cool spring delayed the crop," said Daniel Ward, extension specialist in pomology for Rutgers/New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s research center in Bridgeton. "There weren’t warm enough temperatures this spring to push the growth forward as much as normal."
/ / Tough winter delays state’s early peach season