Spring has sprung! Georgia farms are rolling out strawberries and Vidalias.

Genuine Georgia has begun their strawberry season.

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. Today, Genuine Georgia produces peaches, pecans, apples, and strawberries. It’s now officially strawberry season in Georgia – we just got some mighty fine strawberries in from Genuine Georgia at the end of last week! Yay! ​

Jaemor Farms begins harvesting strawberries this week.

The Echols family at Jaemor Farms located in Alto, GA, has been harvesting crops from their family owned land for 107 years. It all started with cotton and a few peach trees in 1912. After a few years of growing this king row crop, they focused on those few peach trees and began selling peaches on the side of Old Cornelia Highway. Later they began to grow apples as well. In 2002, Jaemor’s diversification expanded and gradually came to include strawberries, blackberries, muscadines, scuppernongs, concord grapes, watermelon, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins and more. ​Royal is excited to soon receive Jaemor’s sweet strawberries!

Add some international flair to your Georgia Grown strawberries with these ideas from Colorful Plates.

Next week Vidalia season officially begins. 

Sweet, juicy, delicious Vidalias will be coming in from two Georgia farms next week.

G&R Farms in Tattnall County, Georgia, began as a small family farm owned by Walter L. Dasher in 1945. From those modest beginnings, today the operation his sons and their sons have built includes nearly 5,000 acres of southeast Georgia farmland that produces a variety of crops. G&R Farms also grows corn, soybeans, peanuts, hay, wheat, rye and pecans. A major point of pride for G&R Farms and the Dasher family is their reputation as leaders in the Vidalia® sweet onion industry. Each season they plant and grow some 900 acres of Vidalias®, harvesting between four and five million pounds annually. G&R packages their onions in state-of-the-art facilities on the farm, where quality and safety are the main objectives. G&R Farms has been growing, packing, marketing and shipping Vidalia® sweet onions for nearly seven decades – that’s a whole lot of Vidalias! Their commitment to excellence is a deep-rooted family tradition.

Shuman Farms Headquartered in the center of the Vidalia® growing region in southeast Georgia, family-owned Shuman Farms has been in the sweet onion industry for more than 30 years. Their legacy began in the mid-1980s with a small family farm in Reidsville, GA. Today, Shuman Farms is an industry-leading, year-round grower and shipper of sweet onions. Shuman’s sweet onions are harvested by hand, and then moved to state-of-the-art packing facilities where they are further dried, cleaned, sorted and graded for shipping. Shuman’s sophisticated systems guarantee the quality of RealSweet sweet onions throughout our year-round sweet onion program.  Shuman Farms continues to be family-owned  and they pride themselves on providing the sweetest, highest quality and safest sweet onions available.  Check out Shuman’s website for a truckload of recipes featuring Georgia’s famous onion.