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Just Peachy: Enjoy Georgia Peaches Before They’re Gone!

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Love peaches? We at Horse Hound and Hunt certainly do! Read on as we share some great ways to enjoy a last taste of summer with a few of our favorite places to find Georgia Peaches, as well as some mouth-watering peach recipes!

Where to Find Georgia Peaches

It’s not surprising that there are a lot of great places to find fresh peaches and peach products in Georgia. Close to Atlanta, on the south side, you’ll find Adams Farm in Fayetteville, which offers fresh peaches until the end of August or early September. In McDonough, Georgia, is Southern Belle Farm, where you can buy not only fresh peaches, but homemade peach jelly and canned peaches as well.

Further south there are a lot of great places to buy Georgia Peaches. Down I-75, past Macon, is Fort Valley Georgia. That’s where you’ll find both Pearson Farm and Lane Southern Orchards. Pearson Farm has been growing peaches since 1885, and if you can’t make it all the way down to visit them, you can often purchase crates of their peaches at the Georgia Farmers’ Market in Forest Park. Lane Southern Orchards is also long established, having started in 1908. While you’re there, be sure to visit their cafe for one of their delectable peach fritters. Afterward you can take home fresh Georgia peaches, or purchase some of their fantastic peach wine, peach salsa, or peach jam. If you can’t make the drive, don’t worry! You can also shop online! West of Macon you’ll find another wonderful peach farm with a long history. Dickey Farms in Musella, Georgia, started in 1897, and

Georgia Peaches on Tree

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still grows a variety of peaches today. Be sure to stop by their general store for a taste of their famous peach ice cream, or to buy products like their delicious peach preserves. Finally, on the coast near beautiful Savannah Georgia, you’ll find Georgia Peach World in Townsend. Visit them to buy not only fresh peaches, but homemade peach candies, peach cider, and even peach salad dressings. Next time you’re in Savannah or traveling down I-95 to Florida’s east coast, don’t forget to stop by!

Let’s not forget about North Georgia! While apples dominate the orchards in the northern part of the state, there are still some great peach farms to be found! Alto, in Northeast Georgia, has two of the best: Grier Peach Orchards and Jaemor Farms. Greir Peach Orchards grows a variety of peaches, which are available until early September. Jaemor Farms offers not only fresh peaches, but also homemade peach products. Be sure to take home some of their peach preserves, pickled peaches, and peach cider! While you’re there, don’t forget to also try their fantastic peach pudding, peach tea, or peach cobbler!

Georgia Peach Recipes

With a basket of fresh Georgia peaches on hand, we’re sure you’ll want to try out some delicious recipes. Well, you’re in luck! Horse Hound and Hunt has a couple favorites to share along with some great places to get your peach on!

Georgia Peach French Toast

This recipe was made famous at Mama Boy restaurant in Athens, Georgia. If you have a chance, stop by to try the original! Now, however, thanks to Food Network, you can also make it at home!

Ingredients

Peach Filling:

2 cups fresh Georgia peach wedges

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

French Toast:

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs, beaten

1 and 1/4-inch-thick slices of challah bread

Butter

Confectioner’s sugar, for garnish

Whipped cream

Candied Pecans (recipe below)

Candied Pecans:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp water

Pinch ground cinnamon

1 cup pecans, toasted

Instructions

To make the peach filling, place peaches, ginger, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir until peach slices are evenly coated, then simmer for about 15 minutes. Blend the peach mixture on pulse until chunky.

To make the French toast, whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a large, shallow bowl. Heat a griddle over medium-high heat, and add some butter to melt. Thoroughly dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture so that it soaks some of the mixture up. Cook in griddle until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

To make the candied pecans, preheat oven to 350 f. In a sauce pan, combine the water, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon, then cook over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture begins to bubble. Place toasted pecans on a baking sheet, (we recommend using wax paper for easier clean up,) and slowly pour the sugar mixture evenly over them. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, then allow the pecans to cool.

To finish, layer French toast and peach mixture. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and candied pecans, then top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Peach Chutney

Photo by Andreas Goellner

Peach Chutney

This peach chutney, courtesy of cookbook author Grace Parisi and Food and Wine magazine, is perfect with cheeses, or as a topping for pork chops or grilled chicken.

Ingredients

4 pounds firm, ripe peaches

1 2/3 cups light brown sugar

1 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons minced fresh peeled ginger

1 small red onion, slivered

12 cardamom pods, lightly cracked

2 to 4 dried cayenne peppers, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced

Salt

Boil a large pot of water and prepare a large bowl of ice water. Cut the bottom of each peach in an X using a paring knife. Blanche peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer them to the ice water using a slotted spoon. Peal peaches, half them, remove the pits, then dice them into ¾ inch pieces. Combine ginger, brown sugar, cardamom, onion, and vinegar in a cast iron casserole pan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 8 minutes. Add the peaches and chilies, then continue simmering over medium-low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Ladle chutney into 5 ½ pint mason jars. You can tap the bottoms lightly on a flat surface to remove air bubbles, tightly seal, and store in the refrigerator, or you can can the chutney for storage in your cabinet or pantry.

If you choose to can your chutney, be certain to clean jars and heat them in simmering water for 10 to 12 minutes. Use canning tongs to remove the jars from the hot water, pouring all the water out of each can, and increase the water to a slow boil. Spoon the chutney into the jars using a ladle and canning funnel. Be sure the wipe the top and threads of each jar before closing them with lids and rings. Return to the hot bath and process for 15 minutes. Place jars on a towel on your counter to cool and seal.

Other Ways to Enjoy Georgia Peaches

Photo by Luann Hunt

Of course, sometimes we don’t all have time to cook. If you’re in Atlanta, there are lots of great way to get the taste of summer only Georgia peaches bring. Revolution Doughnuts offers a seasonal peach slider that is, quite frankly, habit forming. Byrd’s Famous Cookies’ award-winning Georgia Peach cookies can be found in their multiple locations or online. King of Pops sells both peach and peaches and cream popsicles, both of which are fantastic. And, of course, we can’t forget about Atlanta’s famous venue, the Varsity, which offers a delicious peach pie. If sweets aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of places around Atlanta to enjoy Georgia peaches. B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue on Main Street serves up a wonderful peach barbecue sauce. You can also find fresh Georgia peaches on salads at Watershed on Peachtree or try the phenomenal peach flat bread at 5Church. Both are, appropriately enough, located on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, so next time you’re in the area be sure to look them up!

There are a lot of great ways to savor Georgia peaches. Do you have any favorite peach recipes or favorite places to get peaches? We’d love to hear about it! Comment below and tell us where and how you most enjoy experiencing Georgia’s iconic fruit!

 

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