Georgia Peach Promise
Georgia residents and local celebrities are pledging allegiance to the Georgia peach this summer as part of the Georgia Peach Commission’s “Peach Promise”. The initiative kicks off with an event on July 15 at noon at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
By signing the “Peach Promise”, Georgians pledge to purchase Georgia peaches rather than peaches from other states this summer. Participants can confirm their commitment by signing a peach sticker that will be placed on a tree display, ultimately creating a peach tree, as part of the Children’s Museum’s “Exploring Trees: Inside and Out” exhibit.
Some of Georgia’s most influential citizens have already made the “Peach Promise”, beginning with Governor Sonny Perdue and former Secretary of State, Cathy Cox. The Atlanta sports scene has also gotten involved, including Atlanta Braves’ superstar Chipper Jones, as well as members of the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Dream and the Atlanta Thrashers. Radio personalities Mara Davis and Frank Ski, along with television personalities Chesley McNeil and Justin Farmer, are all pledging their promise to Georgia peaches and will have their autographed peach stickers on display at the museum as well.
Despite the peach’s official recognition as Georgia’s state fruit in 1995, increased sales in South Carolina, California, and other states show strong competition. By pledging to buy Georgia peaches this summer, Georgians will not only be supporting local farmers. They will also have the chance to enjoy peaches from one of the sweetest and juiciest crops in years.
The “Peach Promise” will run throughout the summer, with peak Georgia peach season hitting mid-June through the end of July. Residents who want to know more about Georgia peaches can follow all of the action on the Georgia Peach Commission’s Twitter page at twitter.com/peachpromise09 or by becoming a fan of “Georgia Peaches” on Facebook. These forums provide recipes and storage tips, and offer Georgians a chance to show their love for the state’s official fruit.