A clear afternoon brought out plenty of families to Jaemor Farms in Alto to celebrate the farm’s annual U-Pick Peach Day on Saturday, July 27.
The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 3, but the Georgia Belle peaches — the most popular at Jaemor and the ones used for U-pick — ripened earlier than expected..
“When you have dry, hot days where the temperature is not getting any cooler at night or in the morning like sometimes we see in the summer months of North Georgia, it just makes the peach ripen faster,” said Caroline Lewallen, agritourism coordinator for Jaemor. “If we had waited one more week, the Georgia Belles wouldn’t have been on trees anymore.”
Moving the event didn’t turn families away, though. Hundreds of people were at the farm to pick a peck or half-bushel of peaches to take home.
Lewallen said she loves seeing people come for their first time, but especially loves to see the people who have been coming to the farm for years, even before the U-pick event began.
“We appreciate those that claim Jaemor as their family farm,” Lewallen said. “This just gives folks a safe space to spend time with family and get out on the farm and spend a day outdoors.”