Posted on June 15, 2018.
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.
Posted on August 3, 2017.
As summer starts to wind down a bit we thought you might enjoy this light and easy to make recipe.
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
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
Posted on May 18, 2017.
Pearson Farm is getting their operations ready for this year’s peach season. So, before the season gets underway, we thought it would be fun to show you the journey that a Pearson Farm Peach takes from pick to pack.
In the video below, Al Pearson documents this journey. We follow peaches from the tree to the time when they are ready for you to take them home. Mr. Pearson also covers a little bit of Pearson Farm family history along the way.
Click on this link or the image above - https://youtu.be/eFuNbJiXB34
To get your family fresh Pearson Farm Peaches as well as a host of other farm favorites, please visit www.PearsonFarm.com .
Posted on April 25, 2017.
There has been a lot change in this country since Pearson Farm planted its first trees in 1885. And at the same time there are values and principles that have remained true to this day.
Looking ahead for a moment, Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday May 14.
As an interesting bit of trivia, Mother’s Day is younger than Pearson Farm. Mother’s Day was established by Anna Jarvis and was celebrated at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908. The holiday started with one woman (Jarvis) who held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother and all mothers at her Church. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. This is a great example of how one person’s passion can impact a nation of people.
Pearson Farm has always honored family as demonstrated by its legacy in Georgia for 5 generations now. So, as Mother’s Day approaches, we urge you to honor all mothers; past present and future, in the same spirit that Anna Jarvis honored hers.
If you are looking for some gift ideas, we can help with that as well. Check out the selections here: http://www.pearsonfarm.com/gifts
Posted on August 8, 2016.
Here is a recipe to celebrate the end of Peach Season. While there is still some summertime left, we thought we would show you how easy this one is. Here is our soon to be famous Peach Lemonade recipe made with Pearson Farm Georgia Peaches. This recipe is made by none other than some of the next generation Pearson's. Click on the link below and let us know what you think.
Peach Lemonade Recipe
4 cups sliced Peaches sweetened to taste
1/2 cup fresh Lemon Juice
1 Large bottle of Club Soda
Pour sweetened peaches into a blender.
Add the Lemon Juice.
Pour enough club soda to fill the blender pitcher to the top.
Pour peach mixture into a pitcher.
Add the remainder of the club soda.
Pour over ice and enjoy.