First off, I appologize for being absent the past few days. I promise I have a great excuse. For those who don’t know, I also author a DIY blog, Sew Woodsy, with my husband, Jon. Last week we drove up to Atlanta to attend our first ever Home/DIY blog conference. Just like food blog conferences, the DIY blog conference was fabulous. It’s always nice to be able to connect face-to-face and actually get to know the authors behind the blog, learn new tips and tricks, and get hands on!

During our drive up to Atlanta I kept seeing road side stands and signs for orchards. I knew that I wanted to break up our drive on the way home and stop at an orchard. Luckily, I happened to be the one driving on our way home–passing sign after sign promoting Lane Southern Orchards. I was happy to know that I had control and that my husband was at the mercy of me (insert devious laugh voice). I say this because if he would have been driving it would have been a battle to get him to stop. So, like I had planned (in my head) we made our way off the exit and in route to Lane. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ll tell you after going their I’m so happy we stopped! The outside looked like a warehouse surrounded by fields of greenery (peach trees, blueberry and blackberry bushes, corn, etc).

Upon walking into the warehouse we were greeted by friendly staff and a country store of sorts. Rows and rows of peaches and other produce lined the shelves, along with pecans, jams, jellies, and spices. After convincing my husband to buy 2 large boxes of peaches to bring home we walked around the store, schlepping around the cart. That’s when we noticed a stairwell and people going in and out of the doors on the second floor. We left our cart near the steps and proceeded to the doors. So glad that curiosity got the best of us, because we got to see how the peaches are harvested!

Lane Southern Orchards Peaches

First, crates of freshly picked peaches are placed in harvesting bins and dumped on to a conveyor belt.

Lane Southern Orchards

I’m glad I thought to take a rapid succession of pictures because I was able to make a gif to show you what it looks like when 900lbs of peaches are dumped!

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Next, up… the furry peaches get washed, waxed, and dried.

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

peaches from lane southern orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

peaches from lane southern orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Next up, time to sort.

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Next, up the peaches get sized!

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

peaches from lane southern orchards

Then it’s sticker time!

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

Peaches from Lane Southern Orchards

peaches from lane southern orchards

peaches from lane southern orchards

Lastly, they are boxed up and ready to be sold!

Lane Southern Orchards

Lane Southern Orchards

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I had no idea the tedious process a single piece of fruit went through in order to make it to store shelves! I enjoyed watching the process and I hope you did too. So as you may have already guessed–look out for a peach recipes over the course of the next month!

If you are ever passing through Fort Valley, Georgia make sure you go visit!

Website: Lane Southern Orchards

 50 Lane Road

Fort Valley, Georgia

Phone: 800-27-PEACH (1-800-277-3224)

 

Disclaimer: Lane Southern Orchards has no idea who I am. I simply wanted to stop during our road trip and pick up some fresh Georgia Peaches. All opinions are always my own.


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Last week my husband and I took a road trip–a very long 5 day road trip from Florida to Ohio and back; 1,600 miles each way to attend my best friends wedding. Although we were pressed for time we tried to make the drive as fun as possible. Our first stop was in Savannah Georgia for a late lunch. After consulting with multiple “tweeps” Chris from Eat Local Orlando highly recommended we pay a visit to Zunzi’s. After we read through a few reviews on Trip Advisor this place was definitely in the running. Although little did I know that this was the only place my husband wanted to eat at which meant I did not get a choice (next time we WILL try Mrs. Wilkes’s Dining Room). I’m not gonna lie–I wasn’t 100% on board and was pouting during our few blocks of walking. I wanted to sit down and eat soul food while in Savannah. Not a mixture of International cuisine. I’m glad that my husband dragged me to this place, because it was amazing. Amazing times 10 and we will definitely grab food again on our next visit to Savannah.

Zunzi’s is a take-out restaurant. Their are tables on the side of the building, but their is a gorgeous park a little less than a block from the restaurant. It’s also rather popular and at 2:00 in the afternoon their was still a line outside the door. Then again… you can realistically only fit 4-6 people inside the establishment.

It’s also a little fast paced and if your new to the restaurant you might feel a bit overwhelmed like I did. But rest assure the people behind the counter are super friendly and will explain everything and give you a sample if your still not sure what to order! Luckily, I was able to read the full text menu on my phone thanks to FourSquare. It was preloaded and gave me access upon checking in.

After much wavering, my husband, Jon, went with the Godfather sandwich. It was pretty much the best of both worlds. Part Bowerwors on a roll (which is what Chris highly suggested) and part conquistador. The Godfather sandwich consisted of homemade South African Sausage which resembled similar flavors of Polish Kielbasa. The sandwich also had a baked chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, and two sauces all  served on french bread. He said it was heavenly and surprisingly ate the entire sandwich!

I was really in the mood for comfort food and what screams comfort food better than meatloaf!?!? So yes, I ordered and ate meatloaf in a park! I was sold on the meatloaf as soon as I asked how it was prepared and they said with brown gravy not ketchup. That’s the exact same way I make my meatloaf! With brown gravy and in my opinion its the only way it should be served up. 4 thin slices of well seasoned meatloaf were nestled on a bed of mashed potatoes. It was heaven in each bite, and me being a veggie girl I had to get a side of carrots & peas. I was so full from eating almost the entire serving of meatloaf that I only had one bite of the french bread that was freshly baked and full of flavor.

After lunch we took a one-handed photo in the park and began walking a few blocks back to our car.

Our hour break was well worth it and in the end I’m so happy I listened to my husband and ate at Zunzi’s! As we left Savannah Georgia and drove over the bridge my husband and I both agreed we will be back sooner than later!

Zunzi’s TakeOut & Catering
108 E York Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-443-9555


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