Posted on May 7, 2018.
After years of speaking with customers and answering numerous questions about peach varieties, we came to the conclusion that the only way to truly understand the difference is to experience each peach variety first hand. Since color, texture, and taste change throughout the season from one variety to the next, finding a way to share the whole peach experience proved tricky. Those of us in the business know which varieties to wait for and we all have our favorites. Some might call us “peach snobs,” but we prefer “peach aficionado.” Really, we’re just huge peach fans. We want to invite you to join us as peach connoisseurs by taking this journey down the Pearson Prince Peach Path.
What’s that saying, “Variety is the Spice of Life”? Well that holds true with everything it seems, including peaches. Did you know there are more than 2000 peach varieties grown throughout the world? That’s a lot to choose from, so you might wonder why there are so many, what makes each one different, and how farmers choose which varieties to grow. To answer these questions, we decided to enlist the help of some peachy experts. We are fortunate enough to have the two best experts in the field within a short drive of the Farm, and we had to start with Mr. Peach himself, Will McGehee. Will is the founding partner of Genuine Georgia. He eats, sleeps, breathes, but more importantly, sells all our Pearson Farm peaches. He knows everything there is to know about selling peaches, and I mean EVERYTHING! It doesn’t hurt that he’s also a Pearson and has grown up here on the Farm. We’ve cultivated hundreds of varieties over our 135 years, but today we only produce 50 with many bearing the Prince name. Will helped us choose the 6 most interesting Prince varieties to include in our Pearson Prince Subscription. These 6 boxes will offer an assortment of colors, flavors, and textures to arrive on your doorstep every week from June 11-July 23. You’ll get to experience different sizes of peaches, peaches shaped like hearts, and maybe even a few the size of softballs. We want you to see the meaning of “blush on yellow background,” chartreuse peelings, and decide for yourself which peach is referred to as a ‘supermodel.” We know you’ll learn the true difference between clingstone and freestone and maybe decide that the peaches that hold onto their pits aren’t that bad after all. Our true desire is for you to experience every wonderful, sweet, juicy thing you can about peaches in 6 short weeks and join us in our own little exclusive peach club.
To become a true “peach expert,” you’ll need a little history lesson in peach varieties, and for that we went to Dr. Dick Okie. He spent more than 30 years as a stone fruit breeder at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service up the road from the Farm. He tells us that back in the 1930’s, the farmers in this area were experiencing problems with their peach crops. They needed new varieties that would flourish in our soil and climate, and trees that would be resistant to the diseases that were wreaking havoc on their crops. Peach growers wanted firm fruit that could be shipped outside of Georgia and trees hearty enough to extend the season. They hoped these issues could be addressed by the new breeding program that was just getting started. John Weinberger was hired in 1937 as the first breeder at the Peach County office. Believe me when I tell you, tree breeding is a long process. Mr. Weinberger dedicated almost 20 years to the Fort Valley station, developing the foundation for a successful peach breeding program. Victor Prince came on board as his successor in 1955. Mr. Prince worked tirelessly for 25 years, adding his knowledge and experience to work previously started and refused to retire until his replacement, Dr. Dick Okie, was hired in 1980. With the combined efforts of his work and the work of his two predecessors, Dr. Okie was able to release the first Prince variety in 1981…. 50 years after the breeding program started! The science of tree breeding is more advanced than I could ever understand much less communicate, but the idea of 3 men and 80+ combined years of research is easy to define…. It’s called work ethic, and Pearson Farm was fortunate to be right here where all their hard work took place. We were even asked to test a few breeds on our Farm, which made it feel like these gentlemen were breeding peaches specifically for us.
The names of all the varieties was most intriguing to me. I learned that new varieties don’t receive their names until they are released for nursery production. Until that time, they are only identified by a series of letters and numbers. Doesn’t that sound so official, and something you might hear in a science fiction movie? I can almost hear the breeders saying, “BY87P944 has cropped well when chilling has been adequate,” or “BY92P7810 is a highly colored selection with excellent eating quality.” Since Dr. Okie was the breeder of record at the time the Prince varieties were released, he was bestowed the honor of giving them their names. He laughed when he told me that there is no real science to the naming process, but he did feel that brand identification was important for these new varieties. He chose to give them all a double name with the last name being “Prince” as a way of paying tribute to his predecessor, Victor Prince. The first names I learned were chosen for a variety of reasons. For instance, SPRINGPRINCE was named because it is harvested in the Spring, and RUBYPRINCE because of its mostly red color. I found the most interesting to be FLAMEPRINCE whose name was chosen because its first commercial harvest date coincided with the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. Even though Mr. Al once told Dr. Okie, “Dick, there are too many Prince varieties,” we are so glad that he released 15 in the Prince series and proudly grow 11 of them today at Pearson Farm.
So now that we’ve increased your peach IQ, let’s see if we can expand your peach palate by inviting you to join us on this peach adventure. The season is quickly approaching, and the Prince Subscriptions will only be offered for a limited time, so make sure to place your orders early. We want your opinion of every box you receive, and we are excited to hear your comments. We’ll be honored to add you to our list of peachy professionals, and we can’t wait to follow your journey down the Pearson Prince Peach Path.
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 March 27, 2017.
When most people think of Easter they think of baskets, chocolate bunnies and colored eggs. Easter definitely delivers on that. But in truth, Easter is much more. It is sunrise Church services, a time of family, fellowship and reflection.
April 16th children everywhere will be searching for their Easter baskets and enjoying the treats of the holiday. But, as an adult, you can have your treats without looking any further.
PearsonFarm.com, is loaded with handmade cakes, cookies, and signature flavored pecans that can all be delivered straight to your door. Give them as gifts or cherish them for yourself with your morning coffee. Either way, the goodies at Pearson Farm are sure to Egg-cite anyone who receives them.
We hope you’ll enjoy what is most important this Easter. We also hope that we can help make that time of family, fellowship and reflection just a little bit sweeter.
God Bless and Happy Easter from our family to yours.
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.
Posted on June 14, 2016.
For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting peach season, you are in luck. Starting this week Pearson Farm starts shipping this year’s fresh and delicious peach crop Now you can finally order Fresh Georgia grown peaches from Pearson Farm and have them shipped right to your door. They say that money can’t buy happiness, but when you get a taste of our juicy peaches, you will think it’s the same thing.
Peaches have become a summer favorite a staple at BBQ’s and family events, delicious in salads, on pizzas or blended into creamy ice cream to stifle the summer heat. Make sure you’re using the best peaches available from Pearson Farm.
The Pearson family has been growing Peaches for over 130 years and knows a thing or two about quality. Pearson knows how to deliver the very best directly from our family’s farm to your table. Our Peaches are handpicked, packaged and shipped ensuring peak freshness, quality and flavor arrives within 48 hours. Culinary experts from all across the country consider Pearson Farm as their go-to preferred peaches. Now you can too. Peach shipping started June 13th meaning happiness can arrive fresh at your door as early as June 15th!
Posted on June 2, 2016.