South Georgia peach farm pushes through massive crop loss

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 22, 2017

MORVEN, Ga. (WCTV) -- The warm winter and late freeze has taken a toll on Georgia's peach crop.

"Some things you just can't get out of," says Irvin Lawson, owner of the Peach Shed in Morven.

Their peach packing line now collects dust. A sign of hard times.

"Your heart wants to stay in it so bad, but your mind is telling you it's time to get out," says Lawson.

He says the bad weather nearly wiped out his entire crop, and he's had to bring in peaches from neighboring farms.

In a good year, Lawson's peach farm ships around 50,000 boxes.

This year, they only have enough to fill around 1,500.

He says they haven't turned on the peach packing line in the past two years.

"You hope next year will be a little better, so that's really what I've been saying for the last few years," says Lawson.

The family farm is now thinking outside of the box by focusing more locally and making a more family fun experience.

"People have talked about the peaches from here for years," says one Peach Shed customer. "I think even before they started doing ice cream."

The place is known for it's homemade peach ice cream, slushies, and much more.

This year, they've also started serving more food to ramp up business.

"We love everything about the peaches, however, it's just a time where you have to say, do we continue down the same road or do we make changes," says Lawson.

It's a change in the farm, but not it's legacy.

The Lawson Peach Shed has been in Morven for nearly 50 years, and plans for many more years to come.