Peach season is the liveliest time of the year at Pearson Farm, and for good reason! These special fruits are delicious, juicy and fleeting! The season opens swiftly in May and, depending on the season, wraps up sometime during August, but the vibrant, juicy fruit that we harvest from our trees every year is the Georgia staple you don’t want to miss.
Sweet History of Peaches
Peaches aren’t originally from southern soil, you know. Their original homeland was China, with peaches reaching Mexico sometime during the 1600s. Ultimately, they arrived in the United States near Fort Lauderdale, Florida from the Spanish and spread throughout the nation from there.
Through the years, the trees grew from seedling peach trees to the strong, notable types of peaches you see produced today through much science and reproduction of blended varieties. It wasn’t until the 19th century that peach farming became a commercial endeavor and started transforming the peach industry into the vast peach orchards you see today.
However, once they did make their way to the southeast corner of the United States, Fort Valley, Georgia, especially, became a major peach industry spotlight. From 1922-26, Fort Valley held an annual Peach Blossom Festival which attracted thousands of visitors each March - at the end, hosting more than 40,000 visitors. Then in 1986, the town hosted the first annual Georgia Peach Festival to promote Peach County and celebrate the thriving peach industry and its contribution to the livelihood of local residents.
Our Fort Valley Legacy
Our farm’s story began more than 135 years ago. It started in 1885 when Lockie and Emma Pearson moved from Woodbury, Georgia. They planted peaches and cut timber and built two homes in Zenith.
Over the years and a few family generations, Pearson Farm has become a powerhouse for growing the delightful Georgia peaches we’ve all come to love. Our farm’s history tells the story of a devoted family that held each other up and saw the best in the fruits they were given. That loving outlook is one that we aim to deliver to you through our fresh peaches, pecans or baked favorites created in our small slice of the South.
A notable selection
In this case, variety isn’t the spice of life, it’s the sweetness of a peach. We grow 43 different varieties of peaches throughout the season. Here’s how you can tell the difference.
Take your pick
After more than 135 years, we consider our family experts in peach selection. Here are our tips for picking the best of the box.
A beneficial addition to your diet
Peaches are just as nutritious as they are tasty. Rich in nutrients and packed with flavor, peaches are a healthy addition to nearly any diet.
Put those peaches to work
One of the lovely benefits of peaches is that they’re so versatile. Try your hand at adding them into any of our favorite farm recipes - from breakfast to dessert.