Is there anything more Georgian than peaches? Georgia peaches are a special regional commodity looked forward to all year long. Waiting on Georgia peach season is akin to awaiting Christmas. Royal Food Service takes our peaches seriously, sourcing peaches from only the best Georgia farms. Read on to learn more about where the Georgia peaches you enjoy come from.
Father-son duo, Bill and Will McGehee, formed The Genuine Georgia Group, LLC in 2008 to market and sell their family’s peaches. In 2015, a unique partnership was formed, creating a working relationship with all five of the commercial peach farms in the state of Georgia: Pearson Farm and Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley; Taylor Orchards in Reynolds; Dickey Farms in Musella; and Fitzgerald Fruit Farm in Woodbury. Talk about peach power! Genuine Georgia’s peachy partnership guarantees a consistent supply of juicy, delicious Georgia grown peaches along with pricing integrity. Royal’s first round of Genuine Georgia peaches was produced by Pearson Farms. A few other Georgia farms will likely supply Royal with peaches this season as well. Come back soon to read about other Georgia peach supplying farms.
For five generations the Pearson family has farmed the red Georgia clay of Crawford County. For the peach producing Pearson clan, the duties involved in farming the land were willingly accepted as honorable, God-given privileges as much then as they are today. More than 130 years ago, in 1885, Moses Winlock “Lockie” Pearson and his wife, Cornelia Emory “Emma,” moved to Crawford County and planted the first of what would become many peach trees for the Pearson family. In 1906, Lockie passed away at age of 48, leaving Emma to continue raising their children and working the family farm. Emma and her oldest son, John, continued to farm, adding more land to the family holdings while planting more peaches. In 1973, Lockie’s grandson Al began operating the farm as Big 6 Farm, a partnership effort owned by Al and his two sisters, farming together for 35 years. These days, great great grandson Lawton and great grandson Al purchased the business in 2008 and began farming together, carrying on the grand family tradition of peach farming. No doubt, Lawton’s children will carry on the family tradition of peach farming someday.
Longtime produce partners Jaemor farms supplies Royal Food Service with their juicy peaches in addition to apples and strawberries. The Echols family at Jaemor Farms has been harvesting crops from their family-owned and operated land for over a century; 108 years to be exact! It all started with cotton and a few peach trees in 1912. After a few years of growing this king row crop, the Echols family focused on those few peach trees and began selling peaches on the side of Old Cornelia Highway. Later apples were added to the farming line up. In 2002, Jaemor’s diversification expanded and gradually came to include strawberries, blackberries, muscadines, scuppernongs, Concord grapes, watermelon, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins, and more.