Chilton County peach farmer Ken Easterling — known in these parts as “the peach man” — has been making trips with his family for 68 years to sell peaches and tomatoes in Calhoun County. He’ll be late coming this year, as he lost most of his crop of early peaches, he said last week.
“The summer was so hot and dry, and then after that it started raining. Rain rain rain rain. That’s two things that peach trees do not like,” Easterling said. “They can bear the heat to a point. But the rainy weather really makes them go the other way.”