Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tori's Travels: A Charming Experience at Mitcham Farms

Written by Tori Ward, CVB Marketing/PR Assistant

Hey y'all! Today's spotlight is one of my favorite places that I've visited in Ruston so far. If you're in the Ruston/Lincoln area during peach season (May - August), then you absolutely must stop by Mitcham Farms and The Peach Store. If you think that a visit to the peach orchard entails just seeing peach trees, then think again! Check out all the fun details about my visit to Mitcham Farms and The Peach Store below!

Mitcham Farms/The Peach Store | 1007 Woods Rd. Ruston, LA 71270
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm, Saturday 8 am - 4 pm

The Mitcham Processing Shed
Attraction Overview: Ruston, La. is known for its locally-grown peaches, and Mitcham Farms is where the magic happens! The first peach orchard was planted in 1946 and the peach trees have been blooming ever since. Mitcham Farms is a unique place to visit at any time of the year. Take a walk through the peach trees when they’re in bloom or plan a tour of the facility. Want to try a delicious Ruston peach? You can buy fresh peaches during the months of May through August at the processing shed of Mitcham Farms. While you can only buy fresh peaches when they are in season, you can visit The Peach Store all year round!

The Peach Store
The Store at a Glance: The Peach Store is a quaint country store tucked away in Mitcham’s Peach Orchard.  This rustic wooden building carries a great variety of dry goods and gifts. In the summer months, you can get a big serving of their famous peach ice cream to keep you cool. Year round they carry various peach products including peachy peach halves, peach dessert and drink mixes and peach-themed gifts. However, The Peach Store doesn’t just limit themselves to peaches. They carry a huge assortment of sauces, relishes, syrups, jams, jellies, preserves, salsas and more.  The Peach Store even makes homemade fudge in several different flavors (peach included)! The store has also become a gallery of sorts, housing local arts and crafts, which are sold on consignment. If you’re looking for a gourmet food item or homemade gift, then The Peach Store is a great go-to location!

display in The Peach Store 
Peach Store goodies
Tori’s Pick: Three words: Peach. Ice. Cream. I’m not one to like peach-flavored things, but this ice cream is incredible! It has small little bits of fresh peaches in it, so the peach flavor is definitely a natural one, and it’s creamy and delicious. I am also obsessed with the candles they carry! They smell amazing and come in a few different scents including peach, no surprise there. The store is adorable and definitely deserves a visit if you’re in the area!

Peach Ice Cream
Me enjoying this tasty treat
Make sure you stop by the Mitcham processing shed to get fresh picked peaches while they're still in season and visit The Peach Store to get some of their amazing peach ice cream. Follow Mitcham Farms on Facebook for updates on all things peachy! Check back next week for more of Tori's Travels and spotlights on local attractions. 

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