The Georgia growing season varies and typically last from May through August. During that time, Publix carries a variety of Georgia produce—well beyond those famous peaches and pecans—including sweet Vidalia onions, watermelons, blueberries, greens, okra, beans, and more. The mild winter and long, slow growing season mean that fruits and vegetables are available for longer stretches of time than in other parts of the country. Here are just a few of the Georgia growers we work with:
Lane Southern Orchards
Since 1908, Lane Southern Orchards has been dedicated to planting, growing, and harvesting the best-tasting peaches in Georgia. Their farm is in the heart of Peach County—2,500 acres dedicated to sweet Georgia peaches.
Family-owned Shuman Farms has grown sweet onions in the heart of the Vidalia® growing region in southeast Georgia for over 30 years. In 2002, John Shuman, president and CEO of Shuman Farms, founded Produce for Kids, an organization focused on raising money for charitable causes and educating families about eating fresh produce. Publix has raised $3.2 million for local families in need as a participating retailer with Produce for Kids.
Lewis Taylor Farms
Lewis Taylor began farming in Georgia in the 1930s. Family members Bill Brim and Ed Walker now run the farm, using greenhouses and rich soil to grow a variety of vegetables and fruits including tomatoes, eggplant, green peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, chili peppers, greens, cabbage, hard squash, and cantaloupe.
Twin Oaks Produce
The Lightsey family began farming produce in Echols County, Georgia in the 1990s. Since 2003, the current owners of this family operation have increased 50 acres of farmland to 185 acres. They currently grow high-quality brussels sprouts and cauliflower for Publix.
See our sourcing philosophy to understand where Publix gets our produce—and why.