Georgia Local Foods

Eating Local In the Peach State

Baskets of Peaches
Peaches at Market. Photo © Samira Sharezay / EyeEm/Getty Images

Georgia peaches and pecans are world-famous, but there's more to eating locally in Georgia than peach ice cream and pecan pie. There are lots of local foods enthusiasts in Georgia. To find like-minded folks, check out Slow Food Atlanta for events and more resources.

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    Georgia Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Vintage Wine Tomatoes. Photo © Molly Watson

    Georgia's mild winter and long, slow growing season means many fruits and vegetables are available for much longer stretches than in other parts of the country. Southern favorites like greens, okra, and beans are, of course, widely available as you can see with this Guide to Georgia Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables.

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    Georgia Farmers Markets

    Baskets of Peaches
    Peaches at Market. Photo © Samira Sharezay / EyeEm/Getty Images

    Georgia is a state rife with farmers markets big and small, many of which sell locally and sustainably grown produce as well as pastured meat and eggs and locally harvested honey. There are markets all over; get started with these Tips for Shopping at Farmers Markets.

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    Georgia Peaches

    Summer Zee Peaches. Photo © Molly Watson

    Georgia peaches are famous - both the literal ones that grow on trees and the figurative ones also known as "Southern Belles"! We'll concern ourselves with the fruit here. Over 40 varieties of peaches are grown throughout Georgia, but the commercial crop is concentrated in the central region.

    Look for an even background color of golden yellow for yellow peaches, and creamy yellow for white flesh peaches. Note that the red blush characteristic of some peaches does not indicate ripeness. Learn how to Choose, Store & Use Peaches.

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    Georgia Pastured & Grass-Fed Meats

    Beef Cattle
    Beef Cattle. Photo © Walter B. McKenzie / Getty Images

    Georgia is home to several farms following regenerative farming and ranching practices. You can find grassfed and pastured meats from them directly or by looking for their products at local markets.

    • Nature's Harmony Farm meat CSA has limited memberships and often requires a wait, but their heritage turkeys and grass-fed beef are also available for sale at the farm and through buying clubs.
    • White Oak Pastures raises grass-fed beef and sells it through Publix markets.
    • Carlton Farms sells grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and pork, as well as organic vegetables. Order online or join their CSA.