MALVERN, Ala. (WDHN) —Cash crops like peanuts, corn, and cotton around the Wiregrass haven’t been doing well. Peaches, on the other hand, have been booming.
Aplin Farms has seen the surprising results firsthand.
“Our customer base has increased probably five or six times what it should be normally for this time of the year,” Aplin Farms co-owner John Aplin said. “Which we’re not complaining about that.”
Fortunately for Aplin, their crops are growing well this year.
“Most of all of our crops are ahead of schedule,” Aplin said. “Peaches are about three weeks ahead of schedule right now. We got tomatoes coming up. Tomatoes are two to three weeks ahead of schedule.”
Aplin isn’t the only place seeing an increase in demand. Farms and produce stands across Alabama have also seen a huge increase.
Aplin says they’re not only seeing regular customers but also newcomers.
“I love Aplin Farms,” customer Lisa Kowalsky said. “Fresh produce and fresh fruits and vegetables. Yeah, it’s a beautiful day and it’s great to be out.”
Now how will this affect the economy, it isn’t known yet.
“Economy wise I really don’t know,” Aplin said. “That’s something we’re gonna have to tell a year to two years from now.”
The farm is busier but Aplin said they are happy with all the business.