There’s nothing quite like a fresh, dripping bite of a peach in the middle of summer. While you can acquire them at the store or pick them up at the farmer’s market, there’s nothing quite like picking one straight off a tree.
But how did the peach come to Arkansas? They weren’t cultivated here until after the Civil War. As farmers looked to diversify crops to avoid the treacheries of a single crop economy, orchards popped up all over central and western Arkansas and along Crowley’s Ridge. These peaches were juicy but they didn’t have much shelf life, so any fruit that went to market further out than a county or so tended to go to mush.
In Johnson County, peaches have been big business for over a century. Johnson Taylor
Peach Pickin’ Paradise in Lamar has a Facebook page. There are several other orchards that offer peaches each year, including
Check out some of these great peach creations across Arkansas:
Peach shakes at Fat Dawgz BBQ and Something Sweet in Clarksville
Peach pie at Ventris Trail's End Resort at Gamaliel
Peach fried pie at Olde Tyme Hamburgers in Texarkana
Peach cobbler at Stubby's BBQ in Hot Springs
Peach coconut cheesecake pie at Katherine's Cafe Amore in Eureka Springs
Peach fried pies at Ms. Lena's Pies in DeValls Bluff
Peach fried pie from Letha's Pies
Peachy con Queso from Pancho's Mexican Restaurant in West Memphis