WILLARD -- Fresh fruit won't wait.
The apricot harvest is ready right now, said Jean Davis, fruit stand manager for Pettingill's Fruit Farm, 7650 S. U.S. 89.
"We've been in apricots for two weeks, and we'll be in them for two more weeks," she said Saturday.
Apricots were among the fruit crops damaged this year by unusual weather. Fruit tree blossoms were damaged by late spring frosts this year, then surviving blossoms and small fruit dropped because of a near record-breaking heat wave.
The surviving fruit is of high quality, Davis said.
The law of supply and demand dictates this is not the year for big bargains for apricots, peaches, apples, cherries -- any fruit that grows on trees. Fruit prices fluctuate, but apricots were $12 to $18 per half-bushel last year and twice that for an entire bushel. This year, apricots are holding steady at $15 per half-bushel and $28 per bushel.
The price difference is relatively minor, but the quantities are scarce.
"If you want apricots, you better move on it," Davis said.
The local cantaloupe harvest is on fruit stand tables, along with zucchini and other squash. Growers were selling Swiss chard, local garlic, June-bearing raspberries and just about everything else Saturday at the farmers market in Ogden. But growers say the big harvests won't happen for another week or two.
Local watermelon will be here within the week, Davis said.
Early peaches -- the ones most suitable for eating or making peach ice cream -- are already in, Davis said. Canning or jam peaches won't make a strong appearance for another two weeks or even a month, but she said her family grows 50 different varieties of peaches, which extends the season.
Davis' favorite peach varieties are Angeles and Sun Prince -- which she says "taste the same coming out of the bottle as they do going in" -- and the "extremely sweet and beautifully red" Summer Lady.
"We're just onto tomatoes; tomatoes are a little slow," said Lyle Holmgren, Box Elder County extension agent for Utah State University. "We've had a few of the early ones, but the heat has been kind of rough on them."
The largest part of the sweet corn harvest will come very soon, he said.
Onions and garlic can be harvested right now, although some may be a little small, Holmgren said. Local cauliflower, broccoli, peas and radishes are gone.
Most local cherries are gone, he said.
Corn is to Grammy's as peaches are to Pettingill's. Both have other local fruits and vegetables for sale, but some are special favorites. Grammy's, 7375 S. U.S. 89, has bushel baskets fully of tiny ears of red popcorn. It pops in the microwave like any other popcorn, but in a small brown paper bag.
"This is the only thing we put in the ground just for fun," said Kevin Lemon, Grammy's produce stand manager.
Lemon declined to share the names of the varieties of corn grown on the farm. They are secret, he said.
Produce has not had an easy summer. The National Weather Service reports temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for 14 days, said Lisa Verzella, NWS meteorologist in the Salt Lake City office.
The NWS reports a string of 100-degree and higher days from June 27 to July 3. Temperatures for June 27 reached 103 degrees; June 28, 105 degrees; June 29, 105 degrees; and June 30, 103 degrees. Then July 1, 104 degrees; July 2, 102; and July 3, 100 degrees.
Meanwhile, Ogden and Brigham City are a few degrees cooler, and Morgan County weather records hover a few degrees cooler than others at about 93 degrees during the day and as cold as 57 degrees at night.
There's another six weeks or so to set more heat records, Verzella said. The record is 21 summer days with 100 degrees or higher.