For more than 100 years, in the heart of middle Georgia, Lane Southern Orchards has been growing peaches and pecans. Located just outside of Ft. Valley, the farm that now totals almost 5,000 acres was started in 1908 by John David Duke. The farm, originally known as Diamond Fruit Farm, shipped peaches in wooden baskets, which Mr. John David manufactured on the farm.
Mr. John David’s grandson, Duke Lane, Sr., or “Big Duke” as we call him, took over the reins and the farm thrived under his leadership for many years. The present packinghouse is a state-of-the-art facility. Completed in 1990, it is one of the most modern and efficient packinghouses in the industry, with the capacity to pack and ship up to one million 25-pound cartons of peaches per season.
In 2006, Lane Packing Company (as it was then known) was purchased by Lane Southern Orchards, led by Sid and Rusty Banack of Vero Beach, Florida. The Banacks are icons in the industry having packed and shipped world famous Indian River Citrus for almost 50 years. Together, the two companies can now offer their customers a year-round supply of premium farm fresh peaches, oranges, grapefruit and pecans!
Today, with several 4th and 5th generation members of the Lane family still involved, the company continues to grow, having added a sizable farm market, restaurant, bakery and catering divisions to serve our local customers as well as the 300,000 visitors we welcome each year.