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Jaemor Farms – Alto, Georgia

Linda Aksomitis eating fried peach pie.

Linda Aksomitis eating fried peach pie. Photo by Stacey Dickson.

The name, Jaemor Farms, is one of those somewhat vague titles that acts like an umbrella over the many intriguing business endeavors that I found on the premises. About half an hour out of Atlanta, this farmer’s market stop was my introduction to northeast Georgia.

So what makes a farmer’s market quirky? For me, the number one thing was the deep fried peach pie—something I’d never tasted before— at Cordelia’s Kitchen.

From crispy pastry to the still-warm home grown and cooked peach filling, every bite was sweet and delicious.

Fried pies, it turns out, are truly a Southern tradition. Recipes, like this one from Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate blog, get passed down through the generations.

The recipe Christy shares is from her grandmother Lela: http://www.southernplate.com/2009/07/fried-peach-pies.html (check out the full color step-by-step fried peach pie recipe  illustrations–I can already taste the pie!)

If there’s one dessert idea I recommend you bring home from the South, it’s certainly fried pie if your diet can stand the addition.

While every recipe will vary on exact nutrients, Fatsecret.com indicates one small fried peach pie is just over 300 calories, which are 53% fat, 43% carbs, and 4% protein. See full details at: http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/pie-peach-fried-pie

Jaemor Farms grows and sells over 20 different varieties of peaches, from Sunland to Georgia Belle. With a hundred acres of orchards and gardens, they also sell eight varieties of apples, plus watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, gourds, pumpkins, and sweet corn,. In fact, they have a corn maze every fall—that’s on my list of things to try the next time I visit.

The steaming hot enormous cooker full of boiled peanuts (they also sell them fried, green or roasted) made my number two quirky spot here!

Get the facts on Peanuts

Dipping boiled peanuts at Jaemor Farms.

Dipping boiled peanuts at Jaemor Farms.

  • The peanut is actually a legume, or part of the “bean” family, rather than a nut
  • Peanuts are annuals, or have to be planted each year, just like other members of the bean family
  • The peanut develops underground after the flowers of the plant are pollinated and are pushed over by the weight of the stalk to continue growing in the dirt (process is called geocarpy)
  • The oldest dated peanuts have been found in Peru and date back at least 7600 years
  • Peanuts were widely grown as food by native people in North America before the arrival of Europeans
  • Peanuts were spread around the world by European explorers in the 16th century
  • Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, filed the U.S. Patent 306,727, in 1884, for the finished product of the process of milling roasted peanuts between heated surfaces until the peanuts entered “a fluid or semi-fluid state” creating peanut butter. Read more: http://atyourlibrary.org/culture/history-peanut-butter
  • Many people attribute Dr. John Harvey Kellogg as inventing peanut butter. In 1895, he patented a process for turning raw peanuts into a butter-like vegetarian health food that he fed to clients at his Battle Creek, Mich., sanatorium. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1879180,00.html#ixzz2U2rvnS1t
  • Today, peanuts are an important oil and food crop grown around the world
  • Peanut butter is most popular around the world with Canadians, the Dutch, and Americans
  • The number of children with peanut allergies has doubled in the last decade, although there’s no specific identified cause. Read more: http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-12/why-are-so-many-kids-allergic-peanuts and http://www.peanut-institute.org/eating-well/allergy/
  • Boiled peanuts are a popular food in the southern United States and have been since the Civil War. Read more: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/BoiledPeanutsHistory.htm

 

Watch this South Carolina cook make boiled peanuts:

 

 

Visit Jaemor Farms

Visit Jaemor Farms Online at: http://www.jaemorfarms.com/

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