If you have not gotten your hands on some of those famous Palisade Peaches yet this year, you might be too late. That's because thanks to the hot temperatures, local orchards started harvest two weeks early.
But some orchards say it was still a pretty good year for the fruit.
"The 2012 peach season was short and sweet as they say," owner at High Country Orchards Theresa High said.
You won't find any peaches hanging from the trees at local orchards, and some growers say they haven't had them for close to a month.
"We had an early season that ended early, about the middle of august for us,” High said. “And extra sweet fruits because we had the extra dose of sugar from the heat that came on in the early days of June."
The peaches arrived about two weeks early this season.
"So instead of going from the end of June to the end of August or first of September, it started the first of June and ended the middle of August," High said.
At HCO, they plant their peach trees so they will be ready at different times. But this year’s drought changed that.
"A lot of varieties harvested at the same time so it shortened up the season," High said.
The High family says the drought actually helped them, because once Labor Day rolls around and kids head back to school, sales tend to drop off.
"Once school starts people tend to think it's September and time for pumpkins,” High said. “So when we go ahead and start earlier with the season it means I had more time to sell all of my peaches at a premium price."
But just because the peaches are gone does not mean the High's will be taking a break. Now, they are focusing on their Colterris wine and getting ready for Wine Fest.
"We are checking the grapes today as a matter of fact,” High said. “We think that we will be harvesting our cabernet franc grapes the early part of next week."