William L. Brown
It is with great sadness that we inform our many customers and friends of the sudden death of William L. Brown on September 18th. He was a true southern gentleman, lover of the Earth, and a fine Christian man. He farmed for over 50 years and was a second generation farmer. He was involved in many organizations, serving as a leader in many of them. More importantly, he was a wonderful husband to his wife, Debra, and a loving father to his five children: Howard, Elizabeth, Kim, Mary Margaret and Suzanne. He was also a proud grandfather to eleven grandchildren.
The farming business he worked so hard to build was greatly aided by his wife of 35 years, Debra, and son, Howard. They have been at his side during day to day operations of the farms for many years and he taught them well. William would want the farm to continue with "business as usual," and it will. We will continue to grow row crops, peaches, vegetables, and operate the farm market.We appreciate the love and prayers already extended by many of you. The current farm market began as a simple peach stand 40 years ago and grew into the farm market you know today. William especially loved the market and getting to know so many of you. We look forward to seeing you again next summer and continuing William L. Brown's legacy. Please continue to pray for us as we grieve the loss of our beloved William and work to fill his very big shoes.
Our last day for the 2014 season was Saturday, August 16. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you during our 2015 peach season.
In 2014 we added a frozen squash casserole to go with our peach cobbler. We continued to have our peach pepper jam that's great served over cream cheese with crackers. Casseroles, cobblers and jam are made fresh daily with our peaches and vegetables.
Come visit us for some fresh fruits and vegetables and the best homemade peach ice cream.
We will have tree-ripened, sweet, free-stone peaches.
We have vine-ripened and green tomatoes. We have green and red peppers, jalapeno peppers, eggplant, Vidalia onions, zucchini and nectarines.
We accept personal checks, debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Peaches: We open for the summer when our first variety of peaches get ripe, usually between June 15th-20th and remain open daily until our last variety is finished, usually mid-late August. We grow several varieties of peaches beginning with the semi-freestones in mid-June, and progress quickly into freestones toward the end of the month. Freestones continue then until the last variety is picked in August. We specialize in Elberta peaches and "Elberta type" peaches. We have several especially good varieties that precede our Elbertas. Elbertas usually ripen between July 15th and 20th and continue for 2 – 2 ½ weeks, depending on weather conditions. We anticipate a good crop this year.
Some of the best watermelons and cantaloupe grown in our area, can be found at the market. Several varieties of peas and butterbeans are for sale daily. They are offered for sale shelled only, and are packaged in eight pound and one pound bags. An eight pound bag of shelled peas is considered to be equivalent to one bushel of unshelled peas or butterbeans. Some of the varieties of peas we usually have for sale are blackeyes, pinkeyes, zippers, cream 40, cream 12, cream 8, sa'dandy, white acre, ladyfingers (varieties available daily may vary). We sell our fresh green beans washed and snapped in a five pound bag as well as a one pound bag. Vidalia onions are available at the market until late July and are grown by one of the best growers in the Vidalia area.
We have locally grown blueberries at the farm market, when available.
Gourmet Foods: The "Farmer Brown" private label appears on our gourmet food items. Included in this line is a vast assortment of jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, relishes, sauces, and salad dressings as well as other specialty items. They are attractively packaged and make nice gifts or gift baskets. We also offer a nice assortment of candies, peanut and pecan candies, and snacks. Stone-ground meal and cane syrup made by the Roland family in south Georgia is included in our gourmet food line. Our Gallberry honey is some of Georgia's finest, and comes from the south Georgia area.
Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts: The best homemade ice cream can be found at our farm market. We make it daily with lots of fresh peaches straight from the farm. It's real ice cream, not soft serve, and is loaded with our very best peaches. We go the 'last mile' when making our ice cream. We only use the best ingredients and don't spare the peaches, an important step in producing our superb ice cream. Sorry, it's not low-cal, but we do offer an alternative with our peach sherbet, which is low fat. For our customers with sugar restrictive diets, we make sugar-free peach ice cream with sugar substitutes. We want all of our customers to enjoy the best ice cream available when they come to our farm market. Our 'now famous' peach blossom, as well as our peach pie topped with ice cream, is made fresh every day in our farm market kitchen. We sell hand-squeezed lemonade and peach slushies, made with our own special recipe. We have frozen family-size peach cobbler and squash casserole for you to take home and bake.
Special Touches for Your Home: We have everything you would expect from a certified farm market, plus a lot of things that make us unique, including gourd birdhouses, oil paintings, seasonal wreaths, and much more.
Our oil paintings come in a variety of sizes and feature still life, landscapes, florals, rabbits, etc., and the best part is, they are hugely discounted. We specialize in unique birdhouses, most of which are handmade and hand painted. Many of our birdhouses are gourds that have attractive farm scenes painted on them and they are completely functional. We have another that has been carved out of an actual log. We have houses that you won't find anywhere else. You can also find an attractive wreath for your front door at our farm market; they too are reasonably priced. We have a wonderful selection of cookbooks mostly compiled by church groups and individuals.
A Unique Experience: We offer our customers something different. Come to our market and sit on old church pews, eat peach ice cream and watch the tractors and wagons bringing the peaches fresh out of the orchard. While you are there, walk pass the shed where the peach wagons are parked to our 'you-pick' zinnia and sunflower field. Be sure to bring your clippers and a bucket to carry home your beautiful bouquet.
Our business is based on the Golden Rule. We strive every day to treat our customers the way we want to be treated. We try to only sell products at our farm market we would want in our home. We stand behind everything we sell, and we offer a quality product at a good price.