Dickey Farms is home to Georgia's oldest, continuously operating
peach packinghouse. Built in 1936 from lumber hewn off the
land of Robert L. "Mr. Bob" Dickey, the long, white building
is a prominent landmark in Musella, Georgia. At the time of
construction, the packinghouse was ideally located near rail lines
for better transportation to the peach-hungry North.
Bob" was an early pioneer of "multi-tasking", being
a postmaster, undertaker, depot agent and general store manager. However,
his heart was in the peach industry, and we are reaping the rewards
In the early days of Dickey Farms mules were used to plow the orchards
and also for transportation of peaches to the packinghouse. At
that time, most of the work was done manually. However, "Mr.
Bob" was a forward-thinker, always wanting to introduce labor
saving equipment. He installed Georgia's very first brushing machine
to remove the peach fuzz. He was also one of the first producers
to include a hydro-cooling system that places peaches in 35-degree
water to remove field dust and slow the ripening process, making
them perfect when reaching the northern markets.
Today, his grandson, Robert L. Dickey, II and his great-grandson, Robert
L. Dickey, III, work together to ensure that a Dickey Farms peach
is the freshest, most succulent fruit available. While "Mr.
Bob" shipped all his fruit by refrigerated railroad cars,
peaches today are shipped by refrigerated trucks, which can reach
some markets overnight. Although many changes in the industry
have been made over the last 100 years, the Dickey family still
continues the tradition of providing the highest quality peach.
Food safety is a major concern in the production of all food sources and peaches are no exception. In 2003 Dickey Farms successfully completed the requirements of the Georgia GAP Food Safety Program with continued yearly audits. In 2012, Dickey Farms went a step further by completing a third party Global G.A.P audit. This type audit has world-wide standards and is a mandatory requirement by many of our wholesale buyers. A requirement in both audits is the ability to trace peaches from the wholesale customer back to the orchard where it was grown and when it was picked and packed. We are committed to providing all our retail and wholesale customers with a high quality, safe product.
of the National Peach Council, Georgia Peach Council, Georgia
Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia
Chamber of Commerce, and Crawford County Chamber of Commerce.