WASHINGTON COUNTY - Henry Allenberg said peaches on his 100-acre Smithsburg orchard started to bloom recently when temperatures reached the 60s and 70s.
But a blast of cold weather expected to start Thursday and last into next week has Allenberg and other area growers concerned about their crops.
"Sure we're concerned, but what are you going to do?" asked Donald M. Harding, owner of Harding's Orchards in Smithsburg. "There's not really anything you can do ... just pray."
Even with Monday's high temperature reaching 76 degrees, according to an AccuWeather meteorologist, it could dip as low as 24 degrees later in the week. During the day, temperatures will be in the 30s or 40s, according to meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.