July is Peach Season + Our Family’s Favorite Peach Recipes!

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July is peach season in South Carolina. I grew up in Lexington County surrounded by peach orchards. My family and I always spent the height of summer eating and cooking with fresh peaches. Every July fourth, we attended the Lexington County Peach Festival, which is dedicated to our state fruit. Even though South Carolina’s peach production has been declining in recent years, the state still grows more peaches than any other state in the southeast. South Carolina peaches are truly the best, and now is the perfect time to try them!

peaches in orchard

Where to Buy

The best peaches are the ones that go straight from the orchard to your table. Fortunately, there are several options for buying farm-fresh peaches in the upstate.

Fishers Orchard in Greer sells peaches at two locations:

Dillard Farm Store
504 S. Buncombe Road
Greer, SC 29651

Historical Taylors Shed Farm Store
1000 Locust Hill Road
Greer, SC 29651

Both of these locations sell peaches in addition to other fresh produce. The peaches that you purchase at these locations are pre-picked and not pick-your-own.

peaches in basket

Abbott Farms also offers peaches straight from the orchard at three upstate locations:

103 Peachoid Road
Gaffney, SC 29341

1980 Reidville Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301

291 Bud Arthur Bridge Road
Cowpens, SC 29330

What to Make

Once you have your fresh SC peaches, there are endless options for desserts, drinks, salads, and sauces. Here are two of my family’s favorite peach recipes.

The first is my grandmother’s award winning peach pie. This pie won first place in the dessert competition at the aforementioned peach festival. It is a classic double crust pie that everyone loves.

peach pie

Mary Ethel’s Peach Pie

Crust:
2 cups flour
¾ cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until it is in pea-sized chunks. Add cold water one tablespoon at a time. Mix with fork until dough forms a ball (may need hands). Divide dough into two parts. Press between hands to make two 5-6” sheets. Roll out and loosen dough carefully.

Filling:
4 cups peaches
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour

Mix sugar and flour. Add peaches. Place butter on top of filling once in pan. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Then bake at 425 for 20- 25 minutes.

If you’re looking for something a little less time consuming, this peach cobbler recipe is easy and delicious. It is a staple for my family during the summer because of how quickly it comes together.

Easy Peach Cobbler

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick butter
2 cups sliced peaches

Melt butter in a baking dish. Mix flour, sugar, and milk. (It forms a thin liquid.) Pour mixture into melted butter and stir. Add peaches. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

peach cobbler

Fresh South Carolina peaches are sure to elevate whatever recipes you decide to try. Peach season generally runs through August, so be sure to enjoy them while they last!

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