Look for the sun-faded handmade signs along Fruit Way, and you will find over a dozen family-owned fruit and vegetable stands selling the very best in local homegrown fruits, veggies, and other produce. It’s an agricultural corridor cultivated for generations between Perry and Willard along both sides of Old Highway 89, a 10-mile stretch of a state-maintained road running south from Brigham City.
And, yup, the peaches are in!
At Pettingill’s Fruit Farm not only are Angeles peaches are available for $40 a half bushel, but they also have honey crisp, gala, Jonathon, sweetie and Fuji apples, onion, potatoes, corn, and Italian plums.
At Gray’s Orchard, they have a great deal on Tomatoes!! $16 a half, $30 a bushel and they encourage shoppers to “Come get going on your sauce and salsa!”.
For over 115 years, PEACH DAYS has been celebrated each September--except this year because of COVID-19. So popular was fruit farming in the region that Brigham City Peach Days, the longest continually celebrated harvest festival in Utah, was founded in 1904 to proclaim their peaches as the best in the state. For the first time in over a century, the September festival — which annually draws over 30,000 people to the area — is canceled this year due to Covid-19 concerns, though organizers are already planning for 2021 Peach Days the weekend of Sept 8-11.
You call follow Utah’s Famous Fruit Way on Facebook to see all of the seasonal offerings and hours of operations for the stands--although most are open six days a week and are open through October.
Peaches are “Nature’s candy in my hand or can or a pie”, are the concluding lyrics for the 1995 “Peaches” song...and that sounds about right. I am heading to Utah's Famous Fruit Way this weekend, how about you?
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