Growing up in the Peach State, a fresh and juicy peach in the heart of summer is all but a given. Locals wouldn’t dream of buying their sweet slice of heaven anywhere other than a local farmers market or a fruit stand along the side of the road. Why? Because everyone knows that there’s just nothing like a Georgia peach grown in our own state.
Ever since the 16th century when Franciscan monks introduced peaches to St. Simons and Cumberland Island, they have remained a staple in the land that we now call Georgia. After the Civil War, peach production exploded and is currently around 2.8 million bushels annually. They became such a fundamental piece of our history, that on April 7, 1995, Georgia adopted the peach as its state fruit.
Many other states have since gotten into the peach game but Georgia seems to have perfected the art of peach growing. The Fort Valley plateau specifically has the right combination of consistent rainfall, steady temperatures, less freezes and the perfect position in the sun for the most mouth-watering peaches. And to ensure the shelves are stocked with the best peaches around – orchards pick, pack and ship these delectable fruits all in the same day!
So no matter if you are making a jar of peach preserves, baking a peach pie, or making a nice cold jar of peach tea, the main ingredient in any true southerners kitchen is a basket of Georgia peaches.
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