Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

Where to Get the Best Peaches in Georgia

Everyone has heard the sad news about Georgia’s peach crop this year. We are here to bring you the good news that North Georgia has peaches!

Ellijay may be known for it’s apples, but during the months of June and July we go crazy for our sweet Georgia peaches.

Beginning around June 1, you can pick up juicy peaches at R & A Orchards, Panorama Farm Market, and Mercier Orchards. Towards the end of June, Penlands Apple House will open and have their peaches. In July, BJ Reece Orchards (opening July 22 for the 2017 season) and Aaron Family Orchards will be open selling delicious peaches.

Some of the popular flavors in June are Scarlet Pearl, Early Red Haven, Garnet Beauty, Sentry and Early Star. In July they will have Newhaven, Starfire, Roza, Flamecrest and Suncrest just to name a few. They will have peaches all the way through August ending with Jefferson peaches. White peaches are also a favorite with Sugar Giants and Snow Giants.

You can buy your fresh peaches and just eat them the way they are, or try one of these yummy recipes from R & A Orchards:

Easy Peach Cobbler 
8oz. sliced peaches including juice
1 T. chopped pecans
Box of cake mix
1 stick of butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put peaches in a 9 x 13 inch pan covering the bottom. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the peaches. Dot with 1 stick of butter. Sprinkle pecans on top. Bake for 50 minutes.

Easy Peach Shake
1 cup fresh peaches (peeled and sliced)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 T. honey or sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Blend in a blender together until smooth. Makes 2 cups.

Frozen Peach Dessert
2 cups whipped cream
1 cup peaches with juice (thickened)
1 cup drained fruit cocktail
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1 pkg. small marshmallows
Fold together. Put in a 9 x 12 inch pan and sprinkle moist coconut on top. Refrigerate or freeze.

Peach Delight
Fresh Peaches
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice fresh peaches and place in pan (covering the bottom). Mix together remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over fruit and bake for 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

You can also try many of the other peach goodies that our farm markets have for sale like peach pies, peach cider, and our personal favorite R & A Orchards homemade peach ice cream.

Don’t forget apple season is right around the corner with some of the more tart, best for baking apples, already in the markets in June.

Peach Locations:

R & A Orchards
5505 Hwy 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536
706-273-3821
Open Now
Panorama Farm Market
63 Talona Spur (just off Hwy 515)
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-276-3813
Open Now

Mercier Orchards
8660 Blue Ridge Dr. (Hwy. 5),
Blue Ridge, GA
706-632-3411
Open Now

B.J. Reece Orchards
9131 Hwy 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536
706-276-3048
Opens July 22

Penland Apple House
41 Talona Spur
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-635-5110
Opens Now

Aaron Family Orchards
8350 Hwy 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536
706-273-3180
Opens in July