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Despite record fall flooding, South Carolina peach crop thriving as season starts

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MONETTA, SC -- Despite a "100-year" flood last fall that led to some tree and crop loss in prime production areas, the South Carolina peach season began this week with an abundant, highly promotable crop that's actually come on a few days early.

Early-season cling-stone white and yellow peaches are already shipping from the Palmetto State in a season that will stretch into September. As the season progresses, those famous cling-free, "two-napkin" South Carolina peaches will become available in volume.

South Carolina produces about 40 percent of the nation's peaches, and growers are excited about the quality of this year's crop.

With a state congressional delegation along for the ride, The Produce News visited four South Carolina peach farms this week to get an early look at what promises to be a fine peach crop.

Look for more videos in coming days on the spring and summer North Carolina and South Carolina produce deals, as well as an update on what is shaping up to be a banner Vidalia onion season.