Georgia is known as the Peach State. Of course, spending a week there, I had to go peach picking.
My sister lives in Conyers, about 35-40 minutes outside of Atlanta. Recently, it hit me that she lives in the "COUNTRY-COUNTRY!"
Southern Belle Farm is located in McDonough, Georgia. During other seasons throughout the year, you can also pick strawberries and berries. This is a family owned, 330-acre farm. Of course, what's a farm without animals!
Walking through the vineyards to pick peaches and then hanging out in the barn with the goats and cows, I almost thought that I was ready to risk it all... All meaning, my city life for the farm life! Can a city girl survive in the country, farm life? Possibly!
Visiting the farm is FREE (we love that!) and you are only required to pay "Per-Bag" for the peaches that you've picked. Also, if you want to feed the animals (duh--why wouldn't you) that will cost you a pretty quarter, per batch.
The "Peach State" is Georgia's nickname.
The flesh of a peach should have a slight give, but use your whole hand vs. fingertips to check
Peaches grow in a fairly limited range in dry, continental or temperate climates, since the trees have a chilling requirement.
The average lifespan of a peach tree is about 12 years.
I would recommend visiting on a day when its not 101 degrees. If you're into sweating while picking Peaches, then go at it! But for us, we had to say "I'm good luv, enjoy" after about 10-15 minutes in the vineyard.
Next time that you're in Georgia, visit Southern Belle Farm and tell them that I sent you! (It won't really do anything, but you can just tell them anyway hehe)