August is National Peach Month: How to Celebrate Our State Fruit

As a Georgian, there is nothing more patriotic than enjoying a plump, juicy peach. Although we claim it as our own, this lovely fruit dates back centuries to its origins in China and symbolizes luck, abundance, and protection. Since August is National Peach Month, and Georgia is the Peach State, let’s celebrate!  Here are a few fun ideas:

Read James and the Giant Peach

This classic by Roald Dahl is a children’s tale about a poor young boy who discovers the magic and new friends in an enormous piece of fruit. Once you finish the book, make some popcorn, sprinkle it with warm peach butter (just puree peaches, sugar and water and heat them in your crock pot), and rent the movie for a family night.

Take a ride on the Peachtree Trolley

Tour the Big Peach in a brand new way! The trolley will take you through many of Atlanta’s hot spots, with narration about the history and fun facts about each stop.

Visit Dickey Farms

It’s a 2-hour drive to Musella, home of Georgia’s oldest, continuously operating peach packing house. (120 years to be exact!) It is a family-friendly farm, with tours, a market, and fresh peach ice cream.

Giddy up for a Peach Cook-off and Hayride

Jaemor Farms will host the 4th Annual Peach Festival on August 5 in Alto (just an hour away). Pick peaches, take a hayride, view local arts and crafts, and watch a cow being milked in the Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom. 

Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can pack up the kids and the dog and spend time at the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. Depending on the day, there are chef demonstrations, live music, and farm-to-table meals.

Treat Yourself at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Atlanta

Splurge on a Mommy Time Out in the hotel spa! Indulge in the Peaches and Cream massage – with a side of apricot exfoliation! 

Enjoy Date Night with a Peach Wine Tour

Explore Georgia has put together a delightful itinerary for you and your loved one to seek out the perfect glass of Georgia Peach wine.

Learn about the History of the Peach

We have our very own Georgia Peach Council AND a Peach Expert.  Visit the site to get recipes, history, and buy directly from local growers.

Put on Your Apron and Make a Peachy Meal:

Sweet Peach Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large peaches, divided
  2. 4 family size tea bags
  3. cold water
  4. ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 cup granulated sugar
  6. fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Halve 2 peaches and remove the pit. Cut approximately into ½ inch slices. Place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 4 hours until solid or overnight.
  2. On the stove top, bring 4 cups of cold water to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat and add 4 family-size tea bags. Cover and steep for 12 minutes. Remove the tea bags adding 1 cup of granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Peel and pit the remaining 2 peaches. Cut into cubes. Place into a stand blender with ½ cup fresh lemon juice.
  4. Puree the peaches until smooth then push through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp. Mix with the tea. Pour into a 2.5 quart pitcher adding enough cold water to fill ¾ from the top. Stir until fully combined. Chill well.
  5. To serve, add frozen peach slices to the pitcher and glasses in place of ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
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Peach and Basil Flatbread
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Ingredients
  1. 2 large naan breads
  2. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  3. ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
  4. ½ peach, thinly sliced
  5. 4 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  6. 15 basil leaves, chopped
  7. ½ cup balsamic vinegar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix oil and garlic in a small bowl.
  3. Brush the oil mixture over the naan bread.
  4. Place the bread on a sprayed cookie sheet.
  5. First add your slices of mozzarella.
  6. Then place your sliced peaches on top.
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both naan breads.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbly.
  9. Sprinkle basil leaves on top.
  10. While the flat breads are cooking, add the vinegar to a small sauce pan.
  11. Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer. Cook until the vinegar reduces and becomes a bit thicker.
  12. Drizzle the vinegar over the cooked flatbreads, cut and serve.
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Peach Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Peach Slices, frozen
  2. 1½ cups Milk
  3. 2 Tbs Honey
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend on the "puree" setting until mixture reaches soft serve ice cream consistency.
  3. Taste ice cream and adjust sweetener as needed.
  4. Serve immediately or place in a 9x13 baking pan and freeze for later.
  5. If ice cream is too hard after freezing, place pan in warm water to loosen, break up the frozen mixture and run through the blender again to soften.
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