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Show Your Ap-peach-iation for Local Farms

National Eat a Peach Day

National Eat a Peach Day is coming up on Tuesday, August 22. This mouthwatering occasion invites peach lovers to celebrate the vibrant flavors of this beloved fuzzy fruit. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a list of ways to savor the sweetness of the region’s finest peaches that are grown and harvested locally. 

This holiday is the perfect time to test out your culinary creativity and indulge in the many ways to enjoy peaches. While you can relish the simple pleasure of biting into a fresh, ripe peach, you can also explore recipes such as pies, jams, and salads. Enjoy the ultimate combination of fresh flavors with a peach salsa recipe by Watsonia Farms, or blend yourself a refreshing peach smoothie using a recipe by Titan Farms. The versatility of peaches lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes, offering endless possibilities for culinary exploration.

Here are some fun facts about peaches: 

  •  The world's largest peach, according to the Guinness World Records, weighed a whopping 1.81 pounds and was grown right here in South Carolina in 1989.
  •  Peaches are low in calories and packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. They also contain antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of diseases.
  •  The fuzzy skin of peaches is called "pubescence." This layer helps protect the fruit from pests and extreme weather conditions.
  •  South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia. On average, SC harvests three times the amount of peaches than GA in a typical season. Who’s the peach state now?
  • The beautiful blossoms of peach trees typically bloom in early spring, filling orchards with pink and white flowers. In some cultures, the blossoms symbolize purity, love, and feminine charm.

Get Your Peach On: Where to Buy Peaches

Watsonia Farms 

3771 Hwy 23 | Monetta, SC 29105

Pond Branch Road I-20 Exit 44 | Gilbert, SC 29054

Watsonia Farms is known for its popular stand, Peaches n’ Such (and Peaches n’ Such II). Watsonia freestone peaches are perfect for baking, canning, cooking, and freezing, but they highly suggest eating them freshly sliced. If you’re in the area, be sure to try their famous homemade peach ice cream.

Cotton Hope Farms

202 Farm View Rd. | Batesburg, SC 29006

This family-owned farm is over 100 years old and renowned for its bountiful orchards, where the sweet scent of ripe peaches fills the air. Cotton Hope Farms is home to 30 varieties of juicy peaches. If you’re traveling through the region, keep an eye out for one of Cotton Hope Farms’ roadside stands– your tastebuds will thank you.

  • 1757 N. Lake Drive, Lexington SC

  • 296 Charter Oak Road, Lexington SC

  • 3807 Augusta Hwy, Gilbert SC

Titan Farms

5 R. W. DuBose Road  |  Ridge Spring, South Carolina 29129

South Carolina’s own Titan Farms is the largest peach grower in the Southeast and the second largest peach grower in the United States. From their environmentally friendly practices to their commitment to quality, Titan Farms offers delectable, premium peaches. Their local farm stands, Sara’s Fresh Market, are the best way to get your hands on their delicious stone fruit. If you’re looking to share the sweetness of their peaches with someone you love who doesn’t live nearby, fear not! Titan Farms ships peach gift boxes throughout the summer. 

  • 5150 Edgefield Road, Trenton SC 29847

  • 2601 Columbia Hwy N, Aiken SC 29805

Dixie Belle Peaches

500 East Main St. | Ridge Spring, SC 29129

Dixie Belle Peaches has undergone a multi-million dollar expansion in the last few years, now farming orchards in Edgefield, Saluda, Orangeburg, and surrounding areas with a diverse offering of peach varieties. Dixie Belle also offers an array of peach-based products, from preserves and ciders to BBQ sauces and dressings.

Lexington County Peach Festival

Gilbert Community Park | Gilbert, SC 29054