Summertime in Georgia is defined by one thing: peach season. From May through to September, this sweet and fuzzy fruit is all the rage. Whether you’re out at a local farmer’s market buying peaches by the crate, eating peach-themed menu items at a restaurant or at home doing some potluck baking, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy peach season in Georgia.
Georgia wouldn’t be known as the peach state without having plenty of peach farms. Check out these local favorites below to discover the best peach farms and peach flavored treats this state has to offer.
Pearson Farm, Fort Valley
This five generational farm has been growing and cultivating peaches the same way since 1885. You could say they’ve become quite the peach experts with their extensive history and knowledge about peach farming. They’ve got everything peach related from crates of fresh peaches, peach preserves and jellies, peach ice cream, peach cakes, peach pies and peach themed recipes. Visit the Pearson Farm in Fort Valley to start your peach season journey.
Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley
Established in 1908, this century old farm located in Fort Valley offers tours of their grounds. At Lane Southern Orchards you can enjoy homemade peach fritters from their café or shop for peach flavored wines, ciders, jams, jellies, pastries and salsas.
Jaemor Farms, Alto
Jaemor Farms started planting their first peach trees in 1912. Since then, they’ve expanded their farm to sell a variety of fresh produce and sweet treats. If you visit them in Alto, you’ll get to discover their beloved peach cobbler, peach tea and their well-known peach pudding.
If visiting peach farms isn’t for you, we’ve got an assortment of sweet and savoury spots that feature peach dishes so you can still enjoy the vibrant peach flavor without having to pick your own.
You may think doughnuts are already a pretty sweet treat on the best of days, but wait until you try Revolution Doughnuts – they will rock your taste buds. They offer a wide range of treats but are well-known for their peach sliders. What’s a peach slider? Gooey caramelized peaches sandwiched between two sweet doughnut buns. It’s the best kind of sandwich — a dessert sandwich. Visit one of their two locations in Georgia, located in Atlanta or Decatur.
If you like french toast, then you must try Mama’s Boy peach french toast. The combination of perfectly crisp bread topped with soft ripe peaches and a drizzle of syrup will have your mouth watering. Come try their famous french toast in Athens, you won’t be disappointed.
Byrd’s Famous Cookies
Gourmet cookies by the pound? Now that’s something to be excited about. Byrd’s Famous Cookies in Savannah has been creating sweet treats since 1924. If you love peaches as much as we do, you have to try their award-winning Georgia Peach cookies. They’re sweetened to perfection and have that tangy punch that every great peach offers.
Trying to find a dish that the whole family will enjoy can be difficult. Luckily, we’ve compiled a few recipes to showcase just how versatile peaches can be.
Images courtesy of: LuAnn Hunt (First Banner); Ian Baldwin (Second Banner); Matthew Osier (Third Banner); GA Peaches (Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Peach Salad); GA Peaches (Peach Ice Cream with Amaretto Crunch); GA Peaches (Grilled Salmon with Peach and Avocado Salsa); GA Peaches (Peach Tea); GA Peaches (Grilled Peaches with Honey and Goat Cheese); Anshu A (Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Peaches).