PEACHES (We Pick)
There are about 100 varieties of peaches. They all have different maturities and the big orchards can start in May and go all the way almost to October. We're not a big operation, so our season lasts about six weeks - about mid-June through mid-July.
The true varieties that CJ Orchard has every year:
• Summer Prince
• Garnet Beauty
• Sure Prince
• Fire Prince
• Blaze Prince
• Red Haven
BLUEBERRIES (You Pick & We Pick)
Fresh blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are sweet, succulent, full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked as well as incorporated into a variety of recipes. CJ Orchards offer picked blueberries in pint or quart containers.
As one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. They have also enjoyed great popularity around the world in cuisines from Asia to the Mediterranean.
Beyond their great taste, blueberries - especially fresh, raw berries - provide numerous health benefits. They contain a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving foods like blueberries, cranberries, red cabbage and eggplants their iconic deep red, purple and blue hues; they also contribute to the blueberry's role in aiding digestion, preventing cancer, and promoting weight loss.
Blueberries take about 5 years to reach full maturity and production. This means it takes a lot of investment, hard work and patience while each plant is developed. But the rewards are worth it - one taste of our fresh berries and you're sure to agree!
TOMATOES (We Pick)
Tomatoes are consumed around the world in countless varieties: heirlooms, romas, cherry tomatoes - most of these are familiar to the average consumer. More than one and a half billion tons of tomatoes are produced commercially every year - but only a fraction of that total consists of fresh-market tomatoes. If you've never had a fresh-picked tomato...you're in for a treat!
The species originated in Central and South America - its modern English name is derived from ancient Aztec. Today, numerous varieties of tomato are widely grown in temperate climates across the world; tomatoes run on warmth, and so are generally planted in late spring and early summer. Tomatoes are celebrated as one of the world's healthiest foods, being low in fat, high in vitamins (particularly vitamin C), and an outstanding source of antioxidants.
The best tomatoes are left on the vine as long as possible; this is why store-bought tomatoes — by necessity, picked early to account for shipping and storage — can never quite match the dynamic flavor of their farm-fresh counterparts. CJ Orchards recognizes that the perfect tomato for picking will be firm and very red in color, regardless of size, with perhaps some yellow remaining around the stem; a ripe tomato will be only slightly soft. We always pick our tomatoes at their peak — come see for yourself!
PECANS (We Pick)
The pecan is a species of hickory native to Mexico and the southcentral and southeastern regions of the United States; if you're looking for the freshest pecans around, Georgia is a great place to look!
Domestication of pecans is relatively recent in human history, but the pecan tree itself may live and bear edible seeds for more than 300 years. Cultivating a pecan orchard can be a complex practice, as the pollination process requires a degree of diversity in the original selection, but the results are both delicious and nutritious; pecan nuts are rich source of energy, and contain health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
Come by CJ Orchards in the fall, when pecans are harvested. You'll find some of the tastiest, meatiest, most buttery-flavored pecans you've ever tried! We offer in-shell pecans in 10 or 25lb. sacks. (And if you're looking to have your fresh pecans shelled, we can provide the names of several great area shellers!)