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On our road trip from Chicago to Florida (stay tuned for a full run-down), we passed by Georgia. We had never been to Georgia so we were excited to check that state of our list. While here, it was our mission to find peaches while in the Peach State. Thanks to my trusty guidebook (yes, for this trip I actually used a guidebook!), I was able to find Lane Southern Orchards!
Once we exited, it was an easy drive west through Peach County with plenty of signs (follow the peaches!) guiding us to Lane Southern Orchards. You’ll easily spot it on your right.
The building is pretty large with a market, cafe, and store. There’s a playground located on the grounds, too. I looked around for a little bit until I spied the lighted signs for peach tours. There was no way we could pass it up – especially when it was free!
We didn’t have to sign up or wait for a specified time. It was completely self-guided and we could peruse the area as we pleased. After stepping through the glass doors, we walked on the catwalk and read informational signs placed at certain points while watching the workers below.
We watched a truck full of peaches get unloaded onto the conveyor belt then followed it down through the assembly line. We watched as the peaches got a water bath, then followed it as it was hand-packed. In fact, Lane Southern Orchards is the only one in Georgia that still hand packs their peaches. The entire process was pretty neat and educational!
Afterward, we perused the store. We found lots of goodies, but had one thing on our mind — peaches! Although I was tempted to buy a box of peaches, I opted for bags of peaches to keep as a snack in the car. They were so sweet, delicious and juicy (but not too juicy!)
After grabbing our peaches to go, we stopped by the Peachtree Cafe to try their peach cobbler and homemade peach and strawberry ice cream. So yummy! And since we missed out on eating pecan pie in Tennessee, we grabbed one here. While they had plenty of indoor seating, we took our food outside to front rocking chairs.
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If you’re looking for a quick Georgia stop, look no further than Lane Southern Orchards. It was the perfect place to stretch our legs while learning more about peaches. Not to mention a great place to grab food. Don’t forget to grab a few (or a box) for the road!
Location: 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Exit 142. Just five minutes from the highway.
Hours: Market and Peach Tree Cafe 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in the lot.