Our hot summer and relatively moderate winter has resulted in what’s expected to be a bumper crop of particularly sweet peaches this year, according to the NJ Peach Promotion Council. The Garden State is the 4th largest peach producer in the country, with more than 70 varieties of white and yellow peaches and nectarines grown in 80 orchards around the state. In 2009, New Jersey produced 33,000 tons of peaches at a value of $33.7 million. This spring, the council cited an abundance of flower buds on the trees as indicator of an unusually large crop. Peaches are in season now through the beginning of September, with August labeled "Jersey Fresh Peach month."