Georgia Peaches and Pecans | Pearson Farm
If there is one thing that is synonyms with the holiday season it is pecans. Whether whole, toasted and spiced, stuffed in a pie or covered with chocolate, pecans always make an appearance this time of year.
Chocolate Covered Pecans
The good news is that with little saturated and no trans-fat, pecans themselves are considered to be heart healthy. They are also a good source of protein, potassium, thiamine, and are ranked among the top 20 foods for antioxidant capacity. While pecans have many health benefits and uses, many people get stuck in doing the same ol’, same ol’. This year, why not get creative with our pecans and discover new ways to bring the traditional holiday nut into your festivities. A quick search on Pinterest will quickly help get your creative juices flowing. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Cookie Bouquet - Instead of bringing a pie as your contribution to the holiday meal, Try a pecan cookie bouquet. Insert long lollipop sticks or a wooden skewer before baking. If the stick comes through a bit on the other side, patch it up with a little extra dough. When the cookies are done baking, display in a basket using a piece of green florist foam at the bottom to insert the sticks, fill the base of the basket with tinsel or decorative paper filler and voila!
- Use the Shells - Did you know that pecan shells are an economically friendly way to season on the grill? Add pecan shells to your briquette and allow them to burn. Place your food on the grill to cook over the pecan smoke. This acts as a natural seasoning as it adds the flavor and smell of pecans to meats.
- Homemade Granola- Homemade gifts made with love are the best gifts. Make some granola with blueberries and pecans, store in a decorative jar and give as gifts to unexpected holiday guests.
- Maple Crumbles - Try spreading holiday cheer with the latest and wildly popular pecan product, Maple Crumbles. These provide a different and exceptional flavor when added to oatmeal, salad or ice cream.
- Upgrade your stuffing- kick that stuffing recipe up a notch by adding pecans and cranberries or pecans and apples, experiment with different pecan-fruit combinations for a flavor that will surprise your guests.
The good news is there are a lot of things that you can do with pecans. Try mixing it up a little this season. For recipe or other ideas visit www.PearsonFarm.com
Over the course of time things needs to change, even if things remain the same. Let me explain.
Here on Pearson Farm, to ensure that we have consistent quality of our products, we have to plant new trees from time to time. We also need to manage the soil and constantly be aware of weather conditions and other potential hazards to our crops. This attention to detail allows us to proudly deliver the quality products, year after year after year. You might say that quality is our legacy.
So what has changed?
In keeping up with the times while also maintaining our tradition, Pearson Farm has adopted a new look. You may have noticed a few updates along the way. Our logo was modified, our packaging was improved and that all comes together with the launch of our new website. We encourage you to check it out at PearsonFarm.com
Never before have we displayed our products and tradition as we do now. You can find our products, view our recipes or simply read about our family and our 100 plus year history. We think that we have done a good job in keeping current while maintaining our legacy. Let us know what you think.
I was in the store this past weekend and when looking at the shelf, I did a cartoon double take. I closed then rubbed my eyes, and when they opened again I was still seeing the same thing – Christmas decorations!
Call me old school but isn’t September just a little bit too early to start thinking about the holidays? After some additional consideration I thought that this was a great time to start planning. While I still believe that it IS too early to be worrying about Christmas, I realized that Halloween is just about 45 days away. Thanksgiving is a month after that and that is the start of the full-fledged holiday party season. The time to start planning is now.
So to get your creative culinary juices flowing, I thought I would give you a couple of quick seasonal suggestions. Here is a quick and easy recipe for Pecan Balls:
- 1 cup butter
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups chopped Georgia pecans from Pearson Farm
- Powdered sugar
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, then flour and pecans. Mix well. Roll into small balls. Bake 30 - 40 minutes on cookie sheet at 300 degrees. Roll in powdered sugar.
But if making holiday treats is not your thing, we have you covered there as well. Pearson Farm offers made from scratch cakes, pies and treats that will make you proud. Here is on example:
Pearson's Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Cake – Click on the name to learn more
- Peaches are originally from China and are a member of the rose family. When they are in bloom, you can see the beauty.
- Columbus brought several peach trees to America on his second and third voyages.
- Did you know that eating a peach can be great for weight loss? Peaches typically contain under 50 calories, 0 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. They are an ideal snack because they make you feel full and therefore you eat less.
- It may surprise you to learn that 1 medium size peach contains 9.3% of protein.
- Peaches are also healthy because they are a good source of vitamins A, B and C, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.
- Because peaches contain vitamins A and C they are a natural cure for refreshing the skin and a great moisturizer. Perhaps this is why peaches are often used in cosmetics.
- Hungarians refer to peaches as the ‘fruit of calmness’ because peaches help to reduce anxiety. They are also good for the digestive system, the well-being of muscles, the heart and bones.
- Although you can’t prove this one on me, peaches can even have a positive effect on our scalp because they help to reduce hair loss.
- But perhaps the most interesting fact about peaches is “The world’s largest peach cobbler" is made every year right here in Georgia and measures 11 feet by 5 feet.
To be honest I had a hard time naming this post. I am still not convinced that the title captures the true excitement that this month means to Georgia Peaches from Pearson Farm. Anyone who has ever tried our peaches knows one thing – the best tasting, sweetest and most delicious peaches come off the trees at Pearson Farm in July. I have friends and family chasing me for their July peach shipment. And because the peaches are that good in July, I have more friends this month than any other time of the year.
So you can see my dilemma. Does this headline adequately convey the excitement that Pearson Farm July peaches deserves? Unfortunately there is another dilemma. If the best peaches come off the trees in July, how can we have these delicious and healthy treats for the rest of the year?
Thankfully there is good news there as well.
Not everyone is aware that you can freeze peaches and take out one or two as you get those Georgia Peach cravings. If you freeze them correctly, you can put on hold the sweet July goodness for up to 2 years or until you have the appetite. That is more than enough time to hold you off till the next peach season.
So we have two tips today. First, if you want the best tasting peaches of the year, order yours now. There is only a short time left if you want the coveted July crop. Second, buy more and save, or should I say, freeze, them. Enjoy some now and then a few at a time until next peach season.
For your reference, we have prepared a guide to the proper method for freezing peaches. Print out the image below or refer back here anytime you need it.
Enjoy! - Order yours here
GRAND PRIZE - Win $500! Summer tastes sweeter with peaches. Enter our Pearson Farm Recipe Contest for the chance to win big. All you have to do is pin your peach recipe to the board entitled "Pearson Farm Peach Recipe Contest" and include your recipe in the description. Repin our contest pin to let us keep track of your entry. Contest dates: July 1-July 31. Winner selected by August 18th. #Recipe
The 2015 peach season marks the 130th consecutive peach season that the Pearson family has grown their various beloved peach varieties. In all, Pearson Farm currently grows over 30 varieties of peaches in the red clay of Crawford County Georgia, and has since 1885. After all this time, it is safe to say that the Pearson family has growing and harvesting peaches down to a science, or better said down to nature.
Today, Pearson Farm is led by Al Pearson and his son, Lawton. Lawton is the fifth generation Pearson family member to be handed down the family farming secrets. These family farming secrets are needed to farm over 1400 acres of peaches Pearson Farm grows each year.
Like fine wines, the soil where peaches are grown affects the flavor, making the crop taste better. This is why Pearson Farm has received particular praise for its prized peaches. They always produce consistent quality and consistent delicious flavor.
How the Pearson’s care for their land and our resources are reflected in the products they provide. Pearson Farm is not just their place of business, it’s their home. They treat the land and the crops it produces with the same attention and passion as you would in your home.
Pearson Farm’s mission is simple - To provide the freshest and best tasting products from our family to yours.
The name Pearson in English means "rock.” This could be the reason why the family’s steadfast commitment to quality and sustainable farming has lasted 130 years.
Seasonally spring break can be anywhere from late March to mid-April, depending on where you live. When it comes to spring break here at Pearson Farm, we like this to take on a slightly different meaning. Specifically we think this is a good time of the year break into some in-shell pecans. As we have said before, there’s something special about enjoying a nut that is still in nature’s packaging. We think there is something even more special when you share that experience with people close to you.
As a child I have fond memories of my father and grandfather cracking and eating pecans. Those memories have stayed with me even as my children have grown, and I have had the opportunity to create shelling stories of our own.
We cracked the pecan shells with everything from nut crackers to pliers to hammers and even squeezing 2 pecans together. The goal was to get to the tasty pecan meat inside. What we got was lifelong memories that I hold dear to this day.
So as you think about your spring break, think about breaking into in-shell pecans from Pearson Farm. If you do it right, you will get a whole lot more than delicious pecan pieces. You will get some family memories that will last you a lifetime.
There has been a lot of excitement here at Pearson Farm. We have been shelling the last of the pecan harvest, preparing our usual mail order gift items and doing a bit of filming.
That’s right, we recently had a film crew here on the farm to take a tour of our pecan shelling facility. Al Pearson did the honors and gave the guys the cook’s tour. He showed them the entire process of what happens to the nuts from the time they get brought in from the field.
Some of you may recall a recent video we posted showing the pecan picking process. This new video will follow the life of the nuts the rest of the way into the bag. We will be sure to let you know when the video is ready.
The cameras also made a stop in Mary’s Kitchen. Mary and Lanier Pearson were busy filming recipes showing how easy it is to eat healthy with Pearson Farm peaches and pecans. Soon you can see some of the Pearson Farm “secret recipes” on video.
That’s it for now but as always when something else comes up. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, if you are looking for fresh Georgia Pecans or any of our prepared and ready to eat treats, you can find them here.
Oh yes, one more thing…
If you love chocolate, please note that you have got to order soon. As the weather gets warm, we can’t ship or it will melt. Bye for now.
Let’s face it, we don’t always have time to make everything from scratch. If you are anything like us your life is busy. But that is no reason to go without great tasting desserts. Looking ahead, slightly Valentine’s Day is almost here. This one is as simple as it gets adds a touch or southern charm, Pearson style.
Cherry Pecan Pie
1 Refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on the package 1 Cup Pearson Farm Chopped Pecans 2 (21 oz) cans cherry pie filling 1 Teaspoon milk 1 Teaspoon sugar
Instructions Preheat the oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for a two crust pie using 9-inch glass pie plate. Spoon pie filling into crust-lined plate. Sprinkle in the chopped pecans and mix with a spoon. For the top crust cut the pie uncooked crust into 1 inch strips and place them parallel across the top of the pie leaving a ½ inch gap between them. Then place the remaining strips at a 90 degree angle across the pie, again leaving a ½ inch gap between them. (Refer to our pie image). Brush top crust with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool at least 1 hour before serving.