Every Thursday Atlanta Galleria Office Park offers its tenants and the community a “Galleria Market” where vendors display art, fresh produce and more in the Galleria Gardens area. We look forward to going tomorrow!
One of our favorite vendors is Ogeechee Peaches. We visited a couple Thursdays ago and found a constant line and many return customers. People come for the fresh samples, one-of-a-kind peach recipes and friendly service.
Tracy Tepp, the Ogeechee rep at the market, told us his peaches come from “The Peach Barn,” which has about 5,000 trees on 50 acres in Jenkins County, Ga. Ogeechee sells 13 varieties of peaches, all harvested from late May to early July. Tracy explained the Freestone peaches that grow at the end of the summer are the best because “the meat does not stick to the pit like Cling peaches in the early harvest season.”
He also told us why his peaches taste better than ones from the grocery. “Large grocery chains hydro-cool their peaches and that is what kills the flavor,” he said. “Our peaches come straight off the tree to the market and taste better because they are fresh and not tampered with.”
Janet Hudmon, a first time Ogeechee customer who works in the Galleria 100 building, was tempted after several people in her office returned from lunch with bags of peaches.
“I decided to come try a sample,” she said. “The peaches were delicious so I bought a bag.”
If peaches aren’t your thing, there’s also bread, kettle corn, framed prints, soaps, beaded jewelry, tea and more at the market. Hours are 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hope to see you there!