Georgia Peaches

  • Saying So Long to the 2018 Peach Season....

    It seems like yesterday, we were praying for our sweet little peach trees and their delicate blooms to make it through the last frost of Spring, yet here we are having picked, packed, and shipped the last box of Pearson Farm peaches for the 2018 season.

    Despite only harvesting 50% of a crop, this peach season saw some unprecedented activity.

    This crop allowed us to ship more gift pack peaches from our Farm to your door than ever. We made more batches of sweet creamy peach ice cream and greeted more friendly faces in our Retail Store than we could begin to count. We are humbled and ever so grateful to you, our customers for your loyalty and dedication to Pearson Farm.

    We offered a special Prince Subscription to our mail order customers. Those who took advantage of this unique opportunity were blessed with seven weeks of Prince Peaches as well as an interesting peach education resulting in many more Peach Fans!  We truly enjoyed preparing each weeks special boxes and are already making plans for another special subscription next Peach Season!

    This season we continued our partnership with the Plant A Row for the Hungry initiative in Fayette County. Throughout the summer, their mighty band of volunteers picked up and distributed 2506- ½ bushel boxes equaling 62,650 pounds of peaches to over 30 different agencies serving the hungry and needy residents of Fayette and surrounding counties. Of all the partnerships we have at Pearson Farm, this one holds a special place in our hearts.

    The highlight of the summer was growing the World’s Largest Peach! Our Early August Prince variety produced a peach weighing 1.8 pounds, breaking the current world record of 1.7 pounds held by a farm in Canada. We are still waiting for the official confirmation from Guinness, but we have enjoyed a fair amount of interesting press coverage for the feat.

    As we begin a few days of rest for our weary backs and hands, we are able to pause and reflect on this season. We are so grateful that the good Lord chose to bless us with another bountiful season allowing us to share our bounty with you. It’s not goodbye, just so long till Pecan Season.

     

     

  • My Daddy...... by Laurie Pearson DeMint

         

    Nothing makes me homesick like smelling peaches in the grocery store. I’ve actually cried in the produce section before.  To me, the smell of a peach is heavy with wonderful memories of being a child, riding in my daddy’s truck, or visiting the packing shed. I’m Laurie, the youngest of Al’s 3 children. I’ve lived away now for 20 years but I still miss home and often long to be a little girl again.

    For a special Father’s Day blog post, I wanted to write to you about my daddy. You might not know him at all, you might just enjoy the fruit of his labor. Or you might know him as your boss or friend. You don’t know him like I do though. I wish you did. Not many people in this world have a daddy like mine and for that, I am sorry. The two things that stand out to me about my daddy are his hands, and his voice.  

    He hands are big, strong, and gentle. He uses them to work, to build, to create, to serve, to cook, to clean, to love. He can fix or draw anything with these hands. He can write out scavenger hunts, carve a totem pole, sew a tent, or prepare a fishing pole. He can hold his grand kids like he used to hold us. And he can give the best hugs. He can put you to shame with how he peels a peach--  just set down the knife and let him do it. He is always serving others with his hands, and that is the kind of leader he is. His hands are recognizable and unique partly because they are badly scarred from an accident a long time ago. He actively loves us with his hands in so many ways. His hands and how he uses them remind me of Jesus, who actively loves us with his scarred hands too.

     

    Then there’s his voice.  It has a deep southern, resonating tone like none other. He can sing and can make up a song about anything. He is known to just start singing out of the blue no matter who might be listening. I save his voicemails just so I can hear his voice when I want to. It calms me and reminds me that he loves me. If you want to know how to pronounce “Laurie”, ask my daddy, he says it just right. It’s not only how his voice sounds but what he says. My long distance relationship with him is mostly over the phone so I hang onto his words, what he says and how he says it. He can make me laugh or cry in a minute just by being sweet. The words he uses with me remind me again of my heavenly Father. He said just yesterday to me, “That’s not your worry, so you don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it.” And he also said recently, “Sugar, you got a lot on your plate. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” So often my earthly father helps me understand my heavenly Father with what he says and how he says it.  

    Chances are good that you don’t have a daddy like mine. We do have a heavenly Father with capable, gentle, scarred  hands and with a voice that calls your name and calls you His own.  At the head of Pearson Farm is a father we are proud of and thankful for. If you see him this peach season, shake his strong hand and make sure to have a conversation with him. Tell him Laurie sent you.

     

  • HOPE

    When you are a fruit and nut farmer and the success of your crop depends on many factors you cannot control, prayer and HOPE are as important to you as the equipment you use and workers you employ. As we make preparations to enter the 2017 Peach Season, we find ourselves relying heavily on prayer and HOPE. So, how interesting is it that one night a few weeks ago, Mr. Al and Ms. Mary were sitting down to dinner and their conversation turned to HOPE. Ms. Mary shared with Mr. Al that when her sister was in Scotland a few years ago, she found their family’s motto, “Dum spiro spero” which in Latin means “While I breathe, I HOPE.”

    These words really struck a cord with Mr. Al. So, he decided to google them and found that many families throughout history have used this as their motto and that Ms. Mary’s family (The Clan MacLennan) was actually the 2nd family listed and as he scrolled through the list of names, he surprisingly found the Pearson family listed as well. (after 44 years of marriage, this was a sweet reminder that they were meant to be together.) Something about these words, While I breathe, I HOPE” just wouldn’t leave him alone, so he has decided to adopt “Dum spiro spero” as Pearson Farm’s motto for the 2017 Peach Season.

    As peaches are a crop dependent on several factors that growers have no control over (frost, chill hours, hail), we must have HOPE and faith that things will work out and that there will be a crop to tend and sell. Without HOPE, a farmer would not plant trees and do everything it takes to prepare for the work to come. Because the first requirement (sufficient chill hours) has not been satisfied for our 2017 Peach Crop, we HOPE to overcome the deficit with different varieties, cultural practices, and a spray…. then we HOPE for no frost (if we have blooms)….then no hail…..HOPEfully, etc….gotta have HOPE before anything else…. Every Year!

    Romans 12:12 Rejoice in HOPE, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

     

  • If These Walls Could Talk

    "If these walls could talk". I've always loved that expression and it is certainly applicable to this old brick building I am sitting in today writing this post. My office, the Pearson Farm retail store, commercial sales office, mail order department and most importantly, peach packing operation is housed in what was once the Zenith Consolidated School. Back in the twenties, Mr. Al's grandfather gifted the Zenith Consolidated School District land to build a school. They sold bonds to build the $15,000 brick school which operated from 1928 until the early 50's. When it closed, it came back to the Pearson family and over the years the building has served many purposes. It has been used to store boxes and baskets as well as farming equipment and even sewing machines for the Bibb Company. Before there were dryers for pecans, Mr. Al’s father would place the wet pecans on the floor of the school house and turn them with rakes until they were dry enough to be bagged. But I’m sure Mr. Al and his sisters, Ann and Peggy would say their best use for the old building was turning it into their own personal play house that included a skating rink!
    For many years, the Pearson Family used the Lee Pope Packing Shed located on Pearson Farm for their peach packing operation. Back then, peaches were picked and brought by wagon to the packing house. Brushes were used to knock off the peach fuzz before they were placed in baskets and loaded on box cars that would transport them to the ice house in Fort Valley. After being cooled, the baskets were then stored in refrigerated train cars and shipped to places like New York City and other towns along the east coast.
    On an early spring night in 1961, after a day spent making repairs and improvements to the shed, weeks of deliveries to fill the shed to the rafters with baskets and boxes, years of peach fuzz turning into fine powder under the floors and being constructed from a century’s worth of old wood, a single smoldering ember from a welding torch turned into a blazing fire that burned the Lee-Pope Packing Shed to the ground. I hear tell it was a spectacular sight to see…….but a devastating one for the Pearson Family. Thankfully, they had family and friends in the peach business who came to their assistance and from 1961 until 1974 they shared a packing shed in town with their cousins. They started looking for places to build their own shed in the early 70’s and in 1974 decided to move back out to Zenith. They would convert the old school house into a modern packing facility. They knew it would be quite an endeavor but they were ready to take on the challenge and in 1975 they packed their first peach crop in the new packing house.
    Even though surrounding buildings have been added and fancy computer systems run state of the art peach packing equipment, Pearson Farm still runs our peach packing operations within the same brick walls of the old school house. As I look out my window into the pecan orchard across the way, I wonder how many others have shared this same view over the years. Was it children, day dreaming of adventures far away from these walls or teachers looking for inspiration as they prepared a new lesson, or perhaps a farmer, thinking and praying for his peach and pecan crops. Oh, if only these wall could talk, what a story they would tell…..

    Image may contain: sky and outdoor Lee Pope Packing Shed c. 1900
    Image may contain: outdoor Zenith Consolidated School
    Image may contain: sky, house, tree, outdoor and nature Pearson Farm House today
  • A Recipe That Won’t Drive You Nuts

    There is no question that spending time with family and friends at the holidays is a joy. But sometimes preparing for guests can be a bit overwhelming.  At Pearson Farm, we understand the importance of wanting to enjoy quality time with people we hold dear and not spending hours in the kitchen preparing food. That’s why Lanier and Adeline Pearson have prepared this fast, simple  and delicious cranberry sauce recipe featuring Pearson Farm Georgia Pecans. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday. You can watch us make it here: https://youtu.be/o03FsdHvmGw

    Cranberry Sauce with Pecans

    •   1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
    •   1 (15 oz) can sliced pears, drained & chopped
    •   1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
    •   1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & chopped
    •   1 c sugar
    •   ½ c dried fruit mix
    •   ½ tsp cinnamon
    •   ½ chopped pecans

    Combine all ingredients except pecans in a saucepan.  Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring often.  Remove sauce from heat.  Cover & chill. Add pecans right before serving.

    Also be sure to check out all of our delicious holiday favorites at Pearson Farm.com Make sure that your home is well stocked with delicious signature pecan treats and other irresistible treats.

    From our family to your we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  • Thanksgiving, Thanks-getting

    Now that we have officially kicked off the holiday season, it’s time to be thinking about all of the parties, family functions and gifts that we need to start planning for.  When you show up to a friend or family member’s home, you obviously bring something. That is Thanksgiving. If you are the host of that party, that is Thanks-getting. No matter which side of the equation you are on, Pearson Farm has your back with lots of seasonal pecan favorites. If you like to make your own recipes, may we suggest our Baker’s Best Pecan Halves & Pieces. They are perfect for baking, and the best news is you can store leftover pecans in your freezer.

    Baker’s Best | Pecan Halves & Pieces

     

    If your plans are more immediate, or as I like to say “me eaty,” we have a large assortment of Signature Flavored Pecans, chocolate covered pecans , as well as delicious baked goods from Mary’s Kitchen.  You can get these in resealable gift bags, gift tins and beautiful gift stacks. These mouth-watering gourmet treats are sure to bring unforgettable flavor to every occasion. So, no matter if you are Thanksgiving or Thanks-getting delicious treats from Pearson Farm this holiday season, you can be satisfied knowing there are several pecan choices available to please nearly everyone.

    From our Family to yours,  Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • We’ve Been Here Since Moses

    Some of you know that Pearson Farm has been farming in Crawford County Georgia for a long time. Many of you are aware that the Pearson family has been growing peaches and pecans for five consecutive family generations. But I would guess that very few of you know that we have been here since Moses. Moses Winlock “Lockie” Pearson to be exact.

    Moses Winlock “Lockie” and Cornelia Emory “Emma” Pearson

    Moses “Lockie” Pearson and his wife, Cornelia Emory “Emma”, settled in Crawford county Georgia after crossing the Flint River and planted the first peach trees for the Pearson family in 1885.  They considered the duties involved in farming the land as honorable and God given privileges, as much then as they are today.

    While a lot has changed in the 132 years since Moses planted our first trees, just as much has remained the same. The Pearson’s are as committed as ever to protecting the land, feeding families and producing the highest quality products available. Nowadays, you can even get freshly made pies, cakes and cookies sent straight from Mary’s Kitchen. Everything is from our farm to your table just like they did way back when.

    Today Pearson Farm is operated by Al and his son Lawton Pearson, the fifth generation Pearson. Al and Lawton continue to grow peach trees and they also farm many acres of pecans. It may only be a rumor that Moses Pearson settled in Georgia to “Let my people grow”. But one thing is certain about the Pearson Family legacy, we are still “growing strong” after 132 years.

    Lawton and Al Pearson, current owners and Pearson Farm generations 4 & 5
  • Summer Better Than Others

    Peach Tomato Salad Recipe

    As summer starts to wind down a bit we thought you might enjoy this light and easy to make recipe.

    A Pearson Farm tomato and feta salad. This recipe is sure to please the family and your guests as well.

     

    Link to Video Recipe https://youtu.be/y_QNGPQ1Kf8

     

    Peach, Tomato and Feta Salad Recipe

    2 10 oz. containers of small cherry tomatoes (tri-color if available), some sliced in half and others left whole

    1-2 cups fresh Pearson Farm peaches, sliced

    2 TBS. Basil cut in ribbons

    4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

     

    Dressing: Shallot Vinaigrette

    2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    2 TBS. Shallots, Finely Chopped

    1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar

    Salt & Pepper

     

    Directions:

    Start by cutting peaches into bite sized pieces and place in bowl. Take cherry tomatoes and cut some into halves while leaving a few whole for variety and also add to the bowl. Cut rolled basil leaves into strips of equal size. Add all ingredients to bowl including feta cheese and toss to combine. Add dressing tossing a few more times and then add everything to a serving platter before enjoying.

     

    If you are not included to make this in your kitchen, you are always welcome to get something from ours. Check us out here at PearsonFarm.com

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