Frost damage means higher prices and fewer Palisade peaches for customers on the Front Range this year.
It has been the worst weather year for peaches on the Western Slope in more than two decades, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.
Palisade growers say they are harvesting only 20 to 40 percent of their normal crops.
Unusual April freezes killed the rest.
Front Range peach festivals tell the newspaper that they’ve had to try personal connections, not supermarkets, to have enough fruit to celebrate.
“Without connections, we would still have a peach festival, but we wouldn’t have peaches,” said Tanis Roeder, the event director for the Fort Collins Peach Festival this weekend.
Roeder talked to a roommate’s father on the Western Slope to procure 1,000 boxes of peaches for the festival, where they will be sold by the box, slushed into margaritas and baked into pastries.