May 2024

Other than a few big spring storms, the weather has been ideal for tree fruit maturation. We started harvest with the yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines and organics. Plum harvest began at the end of May. The early season plums are a delicious nod to what is to come, building excitement for our proprietary Plumsicle. We are already taking prebookings for the sweetest part of summer, so be sure to contact your HMC Farms representative so you don’t miss out on Plumsicle, our favorite fruit of the season.

We are in the process of thinning our late season fruit and had all varieties thinned before the end of the month. We were also in the middle of bloom sprays in our table grape vineyards. Bloom sprays are used in table grapes to reduce the number of berries per bunch, leaving more berries to grow. The applications take place during bloom, helping to prevent some of the flowers from turning into berries.

With stone fruit harvest in full swing, we are pleased with the quality due in part to optimal growing conditions. The temperatures remained ideal throughout the month, with highs in the 80’s and 90’s and lows in the 50’s each night. The sizing this year is slightly smaller than 2023 due to the fact that we harvested approximately 10 days earlier than the previous year.

Harold McClarty, founder of HMC Farms, had the honor of delivering the commencement speech of one of his alma maters, Reedley College, on Friday. The college holds a special place for Harold and his support of the school in its academics, arts, and agriculture is a direct reflection of his belief in the importance of education.

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