Peach season well underway in Clanton

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1373074567&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4129891&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1373074567 type=script]CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) — People travel to Clanton, Alabama from all over the state in search of some of the best peaches.

And even on a gloomy, rainy day, people are still packing Durbin Farms Market.

“The ones in the store are just not as good as the ones up here,” Billy Donald said.

The Donalds are stocking up after a special trip up to Chilton County from Atmore.

“They are sweet. They are large, and I like to put them in the freezer and I like to make preservatives,” Frankie Donald explained. “We just like peaches!”

But this year they have had to wait for the crop to be just right.

“You know, we are running two and a half weeks behind schedule on our varieties because of our cool spring,” said Danny Jones. “Now we are into our peak season.”

Varieties such as Cary Mac and Harvester are among the best.

While spring began with cool weather, the recent rain and the extra rain from June has made the peaches extra big and juicy.

Jones, the owner of the market, says the rain has caused the crop to swell.

“A lot of water is in the peach, so juice will run down your arms,” Jones joked.

He says this year’s crop is one of the best, but also adds that once the skies clear, the money will really start to roll in.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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