What: Lane Southern Orchards & their Sweet Georgia Peaches
Where: Fort Valley, Georgia
The Story: Since 1908, Lane Southern Orchards has planted, grown and harvested over 3,000 acres of the best-tasting peaches in Georgia. The sweet, Georgia peach can be enjoyed from mid-May through August. This friendly agricultural operation offers over 300,000 visitors annually a chance to see a real working farm. You can take a tour of the Farm in June & July, the peak of Peach Season, and get a behind the scenes look at the peach orchards. Follow this informational tour with a self guided tour on our elevated catwalk and watch how we grade them and see how the peach makes if from the trees right to your family’s table.
You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy this sweet, Georgia Treat. Our peaches are frozen and used year round in our famous peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach bread and bread pudding served daily in our Peachtree Cafe. If you want to take a taste of Lane Peaches home to enjoy later, our frozen cobblers and peach slices are now available at our Roadside Mark. Lane Southern Orchards’ family-friendly atmosphere keeps folks coming back to the farm year after year.
Lane Southern Orchards is open daily year round. Visit their Peachtree Café for a yummy snack and stop by their roadside market for local, fresh produce, gift items and our gourmet items.
The Story: Del Ferguson has run Hunter Cattle Company since 2003 with his wife, Debra, their youngest son, Hunter, their oldest son, Anthony, and daughter, Kristan, who also live and work on the farm with families of their own. For Ferguson, who was raised on a small family farm in Appling County, Georgia, Hunter Cattle Company represents the realization of a lifelong dream. After 25 years of operating his own business in the Savannah area, Ferguson, along with his family, began the farm with the goal of raising quality animals. “We try to do it like it was a hundred years ago,” says Ferguson, who was inspired to pursue an all-natural, grass-fed, free-range approach to farming after his wife read about the health benefits associated with eating meat from naturally raised animals. Hunter Cattle Company operates under the guidelines of the American Grassfed Association and the organization Animal Welfare Approved. Under these guidelines, all the animals on the farm—pigs, chickens, cows, or even the turkeys currently being raised for Thanksgiving—receive no growth hormones, antibiotics or processed grains, and are free to move throughout the pasture.