SHARING THE BOUNTY

  • Old Men Don't Grow Peaches

    If I've heard him say it once, I've heard him say it 100 times, "old men don't grow peaches." After years like 2017 and weeks like the last two, it's easy to understand why Mr. Al says it. Restless days and sleepless nights spent worrying about freezing temps and frost will turn even a young man's hair gray. We have been fortunate to receive plenty of chill hours to make a good crop of peaches but the last 2 week's weather forecasts have put the crop in danger. Lawton and the other peach farmers around here have spent the last 2 weeks combining the science of modern farming, the tried and true techniques of their forefathers, and a lot of time on their knees in prayer.
    Peaches are a difficult crop to grow due to many factors out of farmers control, so we do our best to prepare for these events with a long term approach that encompasses everything from carefully selecting sites for new orchards to planting trees in areas of orchards not prone to frost accumulation. At one time, there were over 50 peach farms in or around Peach county. Today, there are only 5, and while the work is hard on body and soul, we know how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to plant trees and grow delicious peaches and pecans. We feel it is our responsibility to continue what our family started all those years ago.

    While a few hours of frost and temps that dipped lower than we like have left their mark, we are tickled about the 2018 crop. We ask that you keep Pearson Farm in your prayers as we make our way through the last week of Winter and first few weeks of Spring continuing to farm our sweet Georgia peaches 

     

     

  • Moving Day

    I’m not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it is definitely starting to feel like spring out on the Farm. The peaches are beginning to bloom in preparation for the new season. We’ll tell you more about that in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to share a story about a different kind of new beginning.
    So yesterday Frank called to see if I wanted to come watch him move a pecan tree. I’m always up for a farming lesson especially, if it involves a field trip so I said yes, grabbed my keys and headed up the road. I found Frank with a particularly interesting piece of equipment at the edge of an old orchard. He pointed out the spot he would dig the hole for the tree he was moving. I stood mesmerized as I watched this VERY LARGE machine with what looked like 4 HUGE shovels dig the hole. I’m sure I looked like a nut with my mouth hanging open, but this was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and it took less than 5 minutes to dig this massive hole!! Frank let me ride with him in this giant contraption to another orchard where he dropped the dirt before heading over to the tree he was going to move. As soon as we made our way down the row, I immediately knew which tree was being relocated. You see when you are transplanting trees, it is imperative that you prepare it to the very best of your ability to ensure its survival in its new home. You must crop the top so it only stands about 18-20 feet tall. Then the limbs are cut to make the top balanced with the bottom, and finally the roots are clipped to keep them from tearing when it is lifted out of the ground. This particular tree, despite its straggly appearance, stood tall awaiting Frank and this massive machine coming to uproot it from its current home and take it to a new one. The removal was just as quick and equally as impressive as the hole digging had been earlier. As we drove back to make the transplant, I couldn’t help but be concerned about this tree. Frank assured me that right now the tree is dormant so it will recover quickly from the move. They have prepared it well, and it’s only needs are fresh dirt and water to acclimate to its new environment. However, I know that there will be watchful eyes on this young tree for many weeks to come ensuring that it is adjusting to its new home I am constantly captivated by the parallels I find between these trees and children. They both need preparation for changes that are coming their way, and they both need a nurturing, loving, caring home to thrive and become bountiful …… happy moving day!!

  • As I was researching material for this story, I looked up the meaning of LVE. There is TONS of information available on the subject….. page after page on google shares definitions of love, images portraying love, movies and songs about love and even advice on how to find love. However, the one thing I didn’t find was a love story about a 135-year-old peach and pecan farm in Zenith, Georgia. So……. I decided we should write one, and what I found was more love than I could begin to share in one sitting so we pared it down to just a couple pretty cool stories. We hope you enjoy.....

    You may remember Maria and Jose’ from a FAMILY Friday we shared late last year. We spoke of their jobs here at the Farm, and how long they have worked for the Pearson’s. What we didn't tell you at that time was that they met because of the Farm and not because they were working here together. Back in the late 90’s, Maria’s sister came to work at Pearson Farm for peach season. That summer she met the man who would become her future husband. At their wedding later that year, Maria met Jose’, who just happened to be the brother of the groom! There was immediate chemistry. They spent as much time together as possible during Jose's brief visit to Mexico and spent hours on the phone once he returned to Pearson Farm. During their phone calls, they discussed Maria coming to the Farm that upcoming peach season. It was such a fun summer. Not only was she getting to spend a lot of time with Jose’, but her whole family was together working in peaches. As the season began to draw to an end, Jose’ told Maria, "I don’t think you need to go back to Mexico. You need to stay here with me.” He then went and spoke with her mother and older brother, asking their permission to marry Maria. Today, 18 years later, they have 2 beautiful children, and continue to be important members of the Pearson Farm FAMILY. Maria manages Mary’s Kitchen and Jose’ is Mr. Al’s right-hand man (when you’ve been here 30+ years what other job would you have? ). It makes our heart smile knowing that our Farm helped bring these 2-wonderful people together and that we continue to be a part of their story.

    Kimberly and Fernando met and married in their hometown in Mexico after several months of a sweet courtship. Soon after their wedding, Kimberly' dad left Mexico in search of work in the United States. Before leaving, he started the immigration process for Kimberly and her brothers in hopes that they would be able to come here for work as well. Not long after the birth of their son, Kimberly was offered an opportunity for work in California. She hated leaving Fernando and her baby but knew she must take advantage of this chance to provide a better life for her family. So, with her husband’s blessing she left to work for a season. Someone close to her family later told her about a farm in Georgia that utilized the H2A program for seasonal help. She hoped that this farm still needed workers and possibly she could get her husband a job there. So, the next year she came to Pearson Farm to work in peaches. Following her cousin’s advice, she knew her first task was to find Israel, the Farm manager. When she saw him, she said, “Israel, I need your help! I want my husband Fernando to come here to work so my family can be together. Can you help us?” Israel had a spot for the two of them the very next peach season. Fernando and Kimberly were able to work together and blessed to make enough money to buy a home. Today, they are living and working on the Farm and have just given birth to their second son. Even though the Farm didn't introduce them, it has allowed them to be together and work, providing a bright future for the ones they love.

    As these stories and others like them unfolded, I began to realize that the true love story is the Farm.......There's no way Mr. Al and Lawton could work the hours they do, invest the money they do, or take care of all the people they do unless they LOVED this red dirt of Zenithland. Their love for this Farm and the people who work here is truly immeasurable. A love like this isn't born from romance, but does send their heart a flutter. It runs every bit as deep and can elicit the strongest emotions of joy and heart break that any romance can bring. This kind of LOVE is enduring, long suffering, and forever. It fills every orchard, dirt road, and building on this Farm. Their love and respect for this land and these trees is contagious. The Farm has provided a vehicle for young love between local folks and even for those from faraway lands..... It has afforded opportunities for selfless love exemplified by the generations of Pearson’s who own this Farm as well as the local men and women who work here, and those who leave their homes and families coming to the Farm looking for a better life and future for those they love. It is so much more than acres, and trees, and tractors. Pearson Farm is alive and growing and loving on its FAMILY every day! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY from our FAMILY to yours!! 

     

     

  • How much sleep do you need?

    How much sleep do you need?? That always seems to be the question when it comes to raising children. Adults even keep track of our sleep patterns, as we strive to lead healthier lives. Last year when our peaches didn't get enough cold hours, I heard someone say, “It’s not time for them to wake up yet. They still need more sleep!!” I remember thinking, what an interesting analogy to imagine that these little trees need sleep and rest just like we do. But as I pondered that comparison, the more it made perfect sense. We rest, recover, grow, and refresh during sleep, so why wouldn’t these little trees that grow leaves, buds, and fruit need that kind of downtime as well? Their “night” is the months of November, December, January, and February. We want them to sleep deeply when the temperatures are cold, the days are short, and the nights are drawn out and dark. And just like we need long stretches of good hard sleep, the peach trees need to have undisturbed rest as well. If cold winter days are interrupted with periods of warm weather, the trees get confused and think it's time to wake up. In much the same way that we perform poorly without enough sleep, peach trees are unable to produce good quality fruit if they suffer from lack of rest.
    We are very grateful that our little peach trees are being allowed to slumber in the quiet, cool, tranquil moments of winter. We hope they are dreaming sweet thoughts of cobbler, preserves, and ice cream, and that they continue to enjoy their last few weeks of respite.

    “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck

  • Saying goodbye to 2017

    As we get ready to close the books on 2017, it seems fitting to reflect back on this year we will bid ado in a few short days. 2017 posed many challenges to Pearson Farm. From record breaking, warm winter days to multiple, freezing spring nights, we lost almost our entire peach crop..... Yet, 20% of the sweetest, juiciest peaches you ever put in your mouth survived. From hurricane force winds to thunderstorms that turned into twisters, our pecan trees sustained damage that will be felt for many years….. Yet, we ended up with a good crop of full, meaty, flavorful pecans. What’s that saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you STRONGER”…… Pearson Farm plans to shake off the dust of 2017 and run into 2018, taking the lessons we learned that have made our Farm stronger. We thank you, our dear friends and loyal customers, for your prayers, patronage and support throughout this year. We look forward to having you visit the Farm, speaking with you on the phone and preparing your packages of pecans and peaches next year. Our prayer for Pearson Farm and for you all as well, is that 2018 will be a year full of peace, hope and prosperity (along with a good crop of peaches  and pecans ) We’ll see you all next year!!

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

     From the Elves who packaged and shipped your gifts this Holiday season and the rest of our Pearson Farm FAMILY, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! We will be closed to celebrate this special time of year beginning Saturday, December 23, and will return on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 ready to embark on the adventures the new year has in store. We'll see y'all next year!!

  • Santa Claus

    Christmas has arrived at Pearson Farm!! Holiday baking is filling the Farm with wonderful scents. We are entering customer gift lists, and checking them twice. Our Pearson Farm elves are busy making beautiful gift boxes and tins full of delicious Flavored Pecans, Sweet Peach Jellies, Cinnamon Pecan Cakes , Pecan Pies and Decadent Chocolate Covered Pecans. We've got our own little North Pole experience happening right here in Zenith......so, I don't think it was a coincidence that we recently found this sweet little poem written by Mr. Al's grandmother many years ago. She simply titled it, "Santa Claus”

    Of all the fairy tales I’ve known,
    And there are quite a few,
    The tale that deals with Santa Claus
    Is one I know is true.

    Some people doubt he really lives
    And rule him out of season.
    But not one skeptic I have heard
    Can give sufficient reason.

    Santa Claus does not fit in
    With the logic of today;
    He is the figment of a dream
    Is what the skeptics say.

    They can not search the minds of men
    Or measure every heart;
    For this is where his workshop is,
    And good deeds get their start.

    Santa Claus in truth does live-
    This I surely know;
    Because I’ve shared the warmth and love-
    Of those who make is so.

    Rosa Lee Pearson

     

     

  • Thank you from Al Pearson

    We are hopeful that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with Family, Friends, Fellowship, and Fabulous Food that included a pecan pie or 2 made with Pearson Farm pecans. As we finish this Thanksgiving season, we thought it only fitting to end with thankful thoughts from Mr. Al……

    I was asked to write about Thanksgiving and never considered how tough a task it would be to put your thoughts on paper for the world to read. Some thanks are obvious and personal and real, but that’s not what crossed my mind. I thought about others--- people in all walks of life who play an indispensable role in our community, our country, our LIFE. I think of preachers, the postman, a carpenter and plumber, teachers and farmers, cooks and servers, the trash man, artists, writers, musicians, doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers, and judges, shopkeepers, the military and the politicians, secretaries, pilots, and programmers, computer experts and architects, volunteers and counselors, coaches, construction workers, engineers, parents and grandparents. All people who in some way impact how we work, how we cope, how we LIVE. How can I not be thankful to each and everyone? Not for their impact on my life- but on LIFE ITSELF. In this message and hopefully in my daily actions and attitude, I say Thank You….

    Sincerely,
    Al Pearson

  • The Cleaning Plant is Thankful

    We are in the throes of pecan season out here at Pearson Farm, and boy or boy are we busy. We have seen 30+ wagons pull into the cleaning plant. That equates to about 300,000 pounds of pecans which, if we get really detailed, amounts to right around 16,500,000 individual nuts that have been through the in-shell grading plant this week alone!! Numbers like this don’t happen between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm folks. So…….. this week Pearson Farm is grateful for employees who understand that a seasonal business doesn't operate on a 9 to 5 schedule.
    We asked some of these hard working "FAMILY" members to share their Thankful Thoughts this year.………

    “WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING?”

    Frank- Great help! And God

    Gary- EVERYTHING!! And the 3 Amigo’s Lopez

    Carmen- For my family

    Travis- Life!!!

    Silda- For my family and my life

    Pilar- Thankful to wake up in the morning realizing that God has given me another day to live

    Laura V.- Thank God from the bottom of my heart. I want to thank him for being there for me, never leaving me and always loving me.

    Bertha- I just wanted to say thank you for all the special things you do for me God.

    Laura -For my family, my life and my friends

  • Jose' and Maria

    We chose Jose’ and Maria to be our Thanksgiving interviewees this week. We hope you enjoy learning a little about these 2 sweet “FAMILY” members and what they are most thankful for this year…….

    Jose’ has worked for Pearson Farm 30+ years. He started picking peaches when he came to the Farm all those years ago, and now is Mr. Al’s right hand man when it comes to maintaining the equipment for the Peach Packing House and the Pecan Cleaning Plant. Through the wedding of his brother and her sister (who both worked at Pearson Farm), Jose’ and Maria met, fell in love and married in 1999. Maria has worked for Pearson Farm 13 years. She worked on the production line grading peaches and pecans her first few years but has been baking in Mary’s Kitchen the last four.
    Jose’ and Maria both grew up in Mexico, so celebrating Thanksgiving was something they knew little to nothing about until they moved to the United States and had children. One of Maria’s fondest memories is attending Thanksgiving parties with her kids at school when they were young. “They were always so excited to have us come and eat lunch with them on this special day.” Their excitement caused Jose’ and Maria to want to learn more about this holiday. Isn’t it funny, how the things our children are interested in become our interests too 😊 They learned a lot about the holiday from their kids but even more from their journey to citizenship. I didn’t know this fact, but the history of Thanksgiving is a pretty big part of the curriculum!
    Maria and Jose’ state that Thanksgiving is a special day their family celebrates because they proudly live in the United States. They do not eat customary Thanksgiving food but have created their own traditions. Their Thanksgiving meal consists of ham, potato salad, green beans and they always add something traditional from Mexico. They spend the day cooking, eating and just being together. When I asked what they are most thankful for this year, their simple answer was so sweet it just melted my heart ….. “We have such a small family and are so far away from relatives that we feel so grateful to have our children. They are such a blessing!”
    Jose’ and Maria, we are so grateful for all you do for Pearson Farm. We hope you and your family have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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