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Locals and online friends, we truly do welcome you to Dickey Farms! For those of you who have never had the opportunity to visit us in Musella, Georgia, take a moment to learn about our small community. Musella has no mayor, no city council, and no traffic lights. We do have three stop signs, a post office (open only 4 hours each day), a beautiful Baptist church established in 1908, a general store dating back to the early 1900s, and our peach packinghouse, the oldest continuously operating packinghouse in Georgia built in 1936. Our community is smaller than Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show, and unless it’s Sunday, there’s not much activity until peach season begins!
Musella comes to life during peach season! Seven days a week visitors of all ages and groups of all sizes gather on our spacious porch to enjoy homemade ice cream and other treats while watching packinghouse workers process peaches and load them into tractor trailers for grocery stores all over the United States, on pickup trucks destined for farmer’s markets and of course in our customers’ cars.
We had an ideal winter for the peach trees. All peach varieties got the required number of chill hours (temperature below 45 degrees). It is amazing how our southern winter temperatures can fluctuate. In 2011-2012 we had approximately 860 chill hours and this past winter 2013-2014 we had nearly 1,400.
Peach trees bloomed on schedule and they have leafed out nicely. Unfortunately, on the night of March 25 and morning of the 26th temperatures dropped below freezing. The blooms on the early varieties of peaches were at the point to be vulnerable to the cold temperatures. The results indicate significant loss to the first varieties that ripen in May and early June. We do anticipate having sufficient peaches to sell on the retail stand during this time. We will post an opening date as that time nears.
We expect a very good crop starting the latter part of June through July and maybe into early August. We should have a full crop with plenty of peaches to pack and sell during this time.
In 1955 on the same dates in March a similar freeze happened that completely wiped out the peach crop in Georgia and South Carolina. Thankfully we have not experienced the same damage this year.
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We look forward to seeing all our customers that visit us locally and also those mail order and online customers we ship to.
Check back in June for the 2014 crop! In the meantime, you can still order our delicious specialty items for your family, friends and business associates.