Peaches are synonymous with South Carolina summers. From late May through September, they inhabit the shelves of roadside stores and farmer’s markets across the state. Most people associate Georgia with peaches, but not only is the peach South Carolina’s state fruit, South Carolina leads Georgia in peach production with over 18,000 acres of peach farms in the state.
Locally, peaches from Springs Farm can be purchased at The Peach Stand. They grow 22 varieties and are located at 1325 Highway 160 West in Fort Mill, SC.
Another popular place to buy peaches in York County is Black’s Peaches located in York, SC. Black’s Peaches has been run by the Black Family since 1923 and they are located at 1800 Black Highway in York. They have a wonderful roadside stand offering all kinds of produce plus they have added a bakery in recent years. Black’s Peaches offers “pick your own” peaches (call for pricing). 803-684-2333 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 803-684-2333 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Years ago, when we lived in Charlotte, we drove down to Black’s Peaches in York to pick peaches. We had to stop in town at the Ford Dealership to get directions and I remember sitting in the car, looking at the beautiful old historic homes and thinking what a neat place to live. Not even 2 years later, we were living in one of those historic homes!
During our 7 1/2 years of living in York, SC, it was the Peach Tree that we most frequented for peaches. Mostly because it was just a straight shot down the street from our house, but also because it is a wonderful family run business. The Peach Tree offers 20 varieties of peaches grown on 45 acres. They also have a full service ice cream parlor in their roadside stand where you can try some peach ice cream. Don’t know if they still do this, but they used to offer free ice cream for kids on Friday afternoons. The Peach Tree is located at 2077 Filbert Highway (US Hwy 321 North of York). 803-684-9996
Need something to do with all those peaches once you get them? Try some Chipotle Salsa, sweet and spicy at the same time. This salsa is best made a little in advance. Let it sit at least 30 minutes, the flavor gets much better with time.
Chipotle Peach Salsa
- 5 ripe peaches, peeled and diced
- 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- juice from 1 medium lime
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, but add chipotle peppers in gradually and sample to make sure it’s not too hot for your taste.