A peach tree with baskets of peaches underneath it at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia
Where to Get Fresh Georgia Peaches
Summertime in Georgia means one thing: peach season! Here's where to go to enjoy the fresh, juicy fruit at its peak.
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!
Where to Get Fresh Peaches
It wouldn't be the Peach State without peach farms! Wind your way around the state's producers, where you can find bushels of juicy peaches and peach-flavored treats.
Pearson Farm, Fort Valley
Cool off with peach ice cream at Pearson Farm, which has been growing peaches in Fort Valley since 1885. Stop by to purchase a crate, or pick up from a farmers market.
Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley
Lane Southern Orchards, also in Fort Valley, offers tours of the farm that dates back to 1908. Enjoy a peach fritter in their cafe or shop for peachy goods like peach wines, jams and salsas. You can even buy their peaches online!
Jaemor Farms, Alto
Jaemor Farms in Alto planted its first peach trees in 1912. Fans from outside the state can order online, but if you visit the farm, you can try beloved items like peach cobbler, peach tea and their famous peach pudding. Jaemor isn't a typical u-pick farm, but it holds special u-pick events on occasion.
Dickey Farms, Musella
Dickey Farms in Musella has been around since 1897 and grows multiple varieties of peaches. Their general store sells peach ice cream, preserves and other products.
Southern Belle Farm, McDonough
Southern Belle Farm in McDonough offers u-pick peaches seven days a week (hours vary) during peach season. They grow 10 varieties of peaches that start ripening in early June and continue through most of the summer. Don't feel like picking your own? Choose from those already picked for you in the market, which also has jams, jellies, local honey and freshly made treats like peach cobbler and peach ice cream.
Penelope's Peaches, Newnan
Penelope's Peaches, a family-owned orchard in Newnan, offers fresh peaches beginning the first week in June through mid-August. You can find them at the Coweta County Farmer’s Market or schedule a time to visit the farm for a U-pick.
Gregg Farms, Holonville
Gregg Farms in Holonville, about 20 minutes west of Griffin in central Georgia, began selling peaches in the early 1970s. They offer U-pick on the weekends and have a variety of other fresh veggies, salsas and more. Be sure to stop in for homemade peach ice cream and other peachy treats. Gregg Farms is cash only.
CJ Orchards, Rutledge
CJ Orchards, located midway between Covington and Madison in central Georgia, grows a variety of produce, including nine varieties of peaches! The only full-sized orchard in a 20-county range, they typically have a six-week season, roughly mid-June to mid-July. The peaches are picked for you and ready to purchase.
Georgia Peach World, Townsend
Georgia Peach World in Townsend, about one hour south of Savannah, sells all sorts of peach goodies, along with the real thing, like candies, cider and salad dressing.
Where to Eat Peachy Dishes
Peaches are also incorporated into all sorts of dishes around the state. Dessert lovers rejoice at all the ways to eat peaches.
Peach Sliders: Revolution Doughnuts, Decatur
Decatur’s Revolution Doughnuts has a wide range of treats, but it's their seasonal peach sliders that have a cult-like following.
Peach French Toast: Mama's Boy, Athens
Mama's Boy in Athens brings in students and locals alike for its Peach French Toast. Get the recipe!
Peach Cookies: Byrd's Famous Cookies, Savannah
Byrd's Famous Cookies in Savannah has been in operation since 1924. Their Georgia Peach cookies have won awards for the sweet and creamy flavor. You can pick them up from multiple downtown locations or online.
Peach Popsicles: King of Pops, Atlanta, Athens & Savannah
King of Pops has outposts in Atlanta, Athens and Savannah of their rainbow umbrella stands and also has some in restaurants. Pick up a pop in the fresh peach and peaches & cream, which are only available seasonally.
Peach Desserts: The Varsity & Buckner's
And, of course, don't forget about the fried peach pie at The Varsity in Atlanta or the peach cobbler at Buckner's Family Restaurant and other homestyle restaurants around the Peach State.
Where to Sip Peachy Drinks
Peaches can also be used in drinks.
A number of Georgia wineries have made peach varieties, including 12 Spies Vineyards & Farm in Rabun Gap, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, and The Georgia Winery in Ringgold.
Cocktails: Hyatt Regency Atlanta & Kimball House
Grown-ups might also enjoy peachy cocktails like the Georgia Peach Martini at Twenty-Two Storys Lobby Bar at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta or the Preserved Peach Sour at Kimball House in Decatur.
Peach Vodka: Fruitland Augusta
If you're traveling through Augusta, pick up a bottle of Fruitland's Georgia Peach Vodka to make your own cocktails at home with fresh fruit flavor.
Peaches n' Bourbon Cream: 2nd City Distillery
Also in Augusta, stop into 2nd City Distillery to try the Crooked Cow Peaches n' Bourbon Cream. Mix it into cocktails and coffee, pour over ice cream or simply enjoy over ice for a refreshing taste of summer.
Kombucha: Golda, Atlanta
For a taste of the state's best product without the booze, enjoy Golda Peach Ginger Kombucha, available in Atlanta.