Food

Gwen Fowler

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

First peaches of season a sweet treat

Posted 6/1/2010 3:11:00 PM
What a sweet treat I got recently.
My husband was driving through the Florence area and noticed peaches for sale by a roadside vendor. And because he knows that the first peach of the season is what I consider the world’s finest food, he brought some for me. They’re sweet, juicy, just perfect.
The vendor said the peaches were from McLeod Farms in McBee, one of the state’s largest peach farms.
It probably will be sometime this week before the fruit is ripe in the northern part of the state. That’s when Abbott Farms in Spartanburg County expects its first of the season.
Agriculture officials expect this season’s peach crop to be one of the best in years. That’s welcome news, because the crop was damaged in 2007 by a late freeze, in 2008 by hail and last year by drought.
South Carolina is the nation’s second-largest peach grower, surpassed only by California. The Palmetto State grows more peaches than Georgia, the Peach State.
For listings of peach growers in your area, visit www.certifiedscgrown.com.