Peach season is the most wonderful time of year at PearsonFarm! The season opens in May, and depending on the season, wraps up in mid-August. The vibrant, juicy fruit that we harvest from our trees every year is the Georgia staple you do not want to miss!
Sweet History of Peaches
Did you know that peaches are not originally from southern soil? Their original homeland was China, with peaches reaching Mexico sometime during the 1600’s. Eventually, the Spanish brought peaches to the coast of Florida and they eventually spread throughout the nation. In the 19th century, peach farming became a commercial endeavor and started transforming the peach industry. Small farms gave way to the vast peach orchards you see today.
Fort Valley, Georgia became a major hub for the peach industry in the latter part of the 19th century because of its mild climate and rich, red clay soil. From 1922 to 1926, Fort Valley held an annual Peach Blossom Festival which attracted up to 40,000 visitors each March. 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 the local residents. This annual festival is still celebrated today!
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 to the smalltown of Zenith. They planted peaches and cut timber to provide for their large family.
Over the years and a few family generations, Pearson Farm has become a powerhouse for growing the decadent Georgia peaches we’ve all come to love. Our farm’s history tells the story of a family that held firm to the values of hard work, faith and family that still bind us together today. That dedication 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.