August is Just Peachy!

August PeachesAugust in the South is hot enough to be almost unbearable. So Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, chose to grace us each August with the region’s signature fruit: peaches!

Although they’ve been available to purchase and enjoy throughout the summer, August’s “last hurray” as the kids head back to school,  ice cream socials, picnics and family reunions mean peaches this month are just right for picking!

History of the Georgia peach:
A native of China, peaches were traded along the silk roads through Persia and introduced to North America in the early 1500s in St. Augustine, Florida. The fruit trees were planted by Franciscan monks along the coast of Georgia in 1571, and by the mid-1700s, the Cherokee Indians were cultivating the fruit trees throughout the southeast. (Source: Sweet Georgia Peaches)

Peaches on the Menu:
Normally eaten raw or enjoyed as a dessert, peaches are often enjoyed with cream, in a cobbler, baked in a pie or served in or over ice cream – and who can resist peach preserves? But they’re very versatile, and are finding their way into the main course of meals from pizza and salad to tacos and kebabs. They even find their way into beverages, served with yogurt or almond milk in a smoothie, or mixed into a tea, sangria or cocktail.

For delicious peach recipes:

Pick Up Peaches:
The festivals may have been held at the beginning of the summer, but tree-ripe sweet peaches are available now at farmers’ markets and farm stands all over the state.
Cherokee County:
Woodstock Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 8 am- 12 noon – Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock

Cobb County:
Kennesaw Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays 7 am – 1 pm – Watts Drive, Kennesaw

Forsyth County:
Nana’s Farmer’s Market – Monday-Saturday 9 am – 7 pm; Sunday 10 am – 7 pm –  Buford Dam Road, Cumming. 404-906-6087.

Fulton County:
Alpharetta Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 8 am – 12:30 pm – Main Street, Alpharetta.

Touring the state in search of the perfect peach is easy when you live in a Windsong active retirement community, where walkable streets make it easy to find friends with similar life-stage experiences who might just want to join you on your road trip! And since we understand that excessive home maintenance is the pits, each Windsong home features designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide more opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Welcome home to Windsong  – Where Life’s A Breeze

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