WHERE DO OUR PEACHES COME FROM?
Georgia Peaches Direct from Pearson Farm
We are proud to deliver delicious freestone Georgia peaches from the renowned Pearson Farm in Fort Valley, Georgia. The Pearson family has been growing peaches for 5 generations, more than 130 years.
Why do we drive all the way to Georgia for peaches?
Only Georgia has the perfect combination of hot summer nights, moisture and rich clay soil that packs its peaches full of intense peach flavor and natural sugars. We just can’t grow them like that in the Upper Midwest.
So why did we choose Pearson Farm peaches?
Hard Thinning to Grow Perfect Peaches
The average peach tree would produce 2000-3000 peaches a year on its own. If you divide the limited supply of nutrients a tree can take in by that many peaches, you get small, tart fruits. That’s why peach growers “thin” their trees. Most peach orchards thin to 500-600 peaches per tree, but Pearson Farm leaves only 350 peaches on each tree to get the maximum amount of natural sugars, nutrients and peach flavor in each peach. They sell fewer peaches but they’re the best you’ve ever eaten!
Frequent Picking for Perfectly Ripe Peaches
Frequent picking allows for true tree-ripening. Most peach farms pick their orchards only three or four times in a season. Pearson Farm picks their orchard every 48 hours (up to 8 times in a season!), so they don’t have to pick green peaches or ones that are over-ripe. Pearson’s experienced pickers know exactly when a peach is ready.
PEACH NUTRITION FACTS
One medium-sized Georgia Peach has:
FUN PEACH FACTS
- Georgia peaches are 87% water, making them a filling and low-calorie snack.
- Peaches provide natural plant compounds called flavonoids, which may help prevent cancer and heart disease.
- Peaches continue to ripen once picked. Refrigerating them slows the ripening but they only last about a week in the refrigerator.
- Peach trees are native to China! 16th Century Spanish explorers brought peaches to America, where the first known peach orchard was planted in 1565.
- A single peach tree can produce 2000-3000 peaches if the fruits aren’t thinned but they wouldn’t be very tasty!
How much do your peaches cost?
Our 2018 price is $40 per 1/2 bushel box (approximately 25 lbs).
How many boxes of peaches can I buy at one time?
How big is your car?
What methods of payment do you accept?
For safety reasons we prefer personal checks, but we also accept cash. Our trucks attract big crowds, so please come with your check made out to Willow Fruit or the correct change to keep the line moving for everyone.
Can I pre-order my Georgia Peaches?
What’s the best way to handle my box of peaches?
Always handle peaches very gently - they bruise easily. Look through your box of peaches and remove any that are bruised or soft. Be sure to eat these first. Unlike citrus fruit, peaches continue to ripen after they’re picked. Our peaches are picked with full color and sugar content, but still firm enough to handle without damage. They need a day or two at room temperature to finish ripening and be ready to eat.
How do I know when a peach is ripe?
Give it a gentle squeeze - a ripe peach is soft to very soft. Also, the background color of the peach (not the red part) should be a deep golden yellow.
Why do you say they are 'tree-ripe' when they still need time on the counter top before they are ready to eat?
We refer to peaches as 'tree-ripe' when they have been allowed to reach full maturity on the tree, with all of the natural sugars and delicious peach flavor that they can develop. We have to work harder to get them into your hands quicker, but they are so much sweeter and more mouth-watering than peaches that have been picked "before their time" just so they can sit in a grocery store warehouse.
Can I refrigerate peaches?
Yes, but only for 1-3 weeks (if they last that long before being eaten). Peaches taste best when they are fresh, but they will continue to ripen and only last a few days stored at room temperature. You can refrigerate ripe peaches to extend shelf life, but check them regularly – they can dry out and become mealy in the refrigerator. Don’t store whole peaches in plastic bags in your refrigerator, as this can keep them damp and encourage mold growth. Peaches must be canned or frozen for longer term storage. Learn more on our Storing Fruit page.
What's the best way to peel a peach?
Bring a large pot of water to a boil on your stove. Gently place the peaches in for about 30 seconds. Watch each peach carefully – if the skin splits, it’s ready to come out. You don’t want to boil your peach. Use a slotted spoon to take your fruit out of the pan and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. The skin will slip right off.
How can I prevent cut peaches from turning brown?
Oxidation causes the brown discoloration on fresh and frozen peaches. If you are using the peaches right away, gently toss the slices with a little lemon, lime or orange juice. You can also use citric acid solution or Fruit Fresh, which is a combination of citric and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).