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Sweet History: Delaware's Peach Producing Past

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In the late 19th century, Delaware was king of peach production, in the United States and the world.  Throughout southern Delaware, towns were born as farmers planted huge orchards and the railroad pushed south. 

 

At it's peak in 1875, nearly six million bushels of Delaware peaches were shipped to market.

 

By 1900, however, production outpaced the distributors' ability to keep up.

 

The story of Delaware's peach past, pits and all, on the next Delaware Portrait in Time.