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FutureStarrGeorgia peach season
It's March and that means it's peach season in Georgia. They say it is Georgia's best-kept secret. I spent some time in a farmer's stand, tasting pies and ice cream to see if they were true to the legend.Besides the yummy taste, peaches are also nutritious because they are rich in vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the body. By eating peaches you are sure to have healthier skin, fewer allergy symptoms, improved digestion, and a healthy heart. Peaches also contain antioxidants that can help the body fight off certain diseases like cancer and the common cold.
Summertime in Georgia means one thing: peach season. Every May to September, farms sell Georgia-grown peaches by the crate, and restaurants feature them on their menus. There's more than one way to enjoy them, from picking them on the farm or enjoying them on the plate. We're showcasing a few of our favorite ways to enjoy them! “Everyone in the country is looking forward to Summer this year. The sweet, healthy unmatched flavor of a juicy Georgia peach can help bring back a taste of familiar comfort to consumers nationwide,” adds McGehee. Stemilt’s Artisan Organics™ peach and nectarine season continues to thrive through these hot summer months with excellent quality and “some of the best flavor” to date, states Brianna Shales, Stemilt marketing director. Retailers can load now to boost their category for the weeks to come and delight consumers around the country with some World Famous sweet and juicy organic stone fruit. …
This is a tough year for the Georgia peach. In February, growers fretted about warm winter temperatures, which prevented some fruit from developing properly. They were more discouraged in March after a late freeze damaged many of the remaining fruit. By May they were predicting an 80 percent crop loss. Now in July they are lamenting one of the worst years in living memory.Georgia peaches account for only 0.38 percent of the state’s agricultural economy, and the state produces only between 3 and 5 percent of the national peach crop. Another region would make up the loss in production if demand were sufficient. A peach is a peach. Who cares about Georgia peaches? (Source:But the Georgia peach’s imperiled future is not a simple matter of costs and profits. As a crop and a cultural icon, Georgia peaches are a product of history. And as I have documented, its story tells us much about agriculture, the environment, politics and labor in the American South. (Source:www.timelinesmagazine.com)
As the 20th century wore on, it became increasingly hard for peach growers to ignore politics and labor. This was particularly clear in the 1950s and ‘60’s, when growers successfully lobbied for a new peach laboratory in Byron, Georgia to help combat peach tree short life. Their chief ally was U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell Jr., one of the most powerful members of Congress in the 20th century and, at the time, chair of the Subcommittee on Agricultural Appropriations. The growers claimed that an expansion of federal research would shore up the peach industry; provide new crops for the South (jujube, pomegranate and persimmons, to name a few); and provide jobs for black southerners who would, the growers maintained, otherwise join the “already crowded offices of our welfare agencies.”
Georgia itself doesn’t depend on the fruit. There may be plenty of peaches on Georgia license plates, but according to the University of Georgia’s 2014 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, the state makes more money from pine straw, blueberries, deer hunting leases and cabbages. It has 1.38 million acres planted with cotton, compared to 11,816 acres of peach orchards. Georgia’s annual production of broiler chickens is worth more than 84 times the value of the typical peach crop.Summer marks the start of Georgia Peach season. Georgia peaches start ripening in mid-May through early August and are harvested according to their type: clingstone, semi-freestones, and freestones. (Source:www.pittmandavis.com)