When most people think of fresh peaches, one state comes to mind. While many states grow and produce peaches, Georgia is undoubtably the state best known for peaches. When I heard a Georgia peach delivery would be coming through our area, we quickly decided to buy some Georgia peaches. This is The Peach Truck review.
The peaches came in a 25-pound case. I asked my husband if he thought we would be able to eat all the peaches and if it would be worth the investment. He told me peaches are his favorite fruit, which I can’t say I knew for sure after a decade of marriage. In short, he said, we would have no problem eating the peaches.
The Peach Truck Review
What is The Peach Truck?
I heard about The Peach Truck early this summer through their clever, and persistent social media marketing campaigns. This company was founded in 2012 by a husband and wife team. Today the company delivers Georgia-grown peaches via truck to eight states, including Ohio.
It was after a few friends posted photos of their peaches from the truck online that I became intrigued enough to purchase. Some of them had purchased from the truck more than one time, and were happy with the quantity, taste and quality of the fruit.
Being frugal at heart, I quickly did some math to see if the per pound price would be a good deal. My initial projects were the cost would be equal or less than the per pound price for Ohio peaches at our local grocery store. When I found an online discount code for my purchase there was no turning back!
The Peach Truck Tour
For our first order from The Peach Truck we simply ordered one 25-pound case of peaches. There are different ordering options and you can also buy Georgia pecans from the company. Additionally, they offer home delivery of peaches. With home delivery I understand you receive fewer peaches because you have to pay for shipping costs.
With The Peach Truck stops you drive to the location on your designated date and time to pick up your order. This way there is no shipping cost. I didn’t mind the short drive. There were several stops on The Peach Truck schedule within just a few miles of our home. The stop we selected was just under 6 miles round trip.
I placed my order on July 7. At that time there was an end of July stop (the one we sleeted) and an early August stop for our area. Some of my friends had purchased peaches for the first July stop which I think was around July 3 in our area. The stops are limited quantity and do sell out so you need to order and pay to reserve your peaches in advance.
The Peach Truck Schedule
The Peach Truck stop lasted two hours and you can arrive anytime to pick up your peaches. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling very well that day so my husband picked up the peaches for us. Our pickup stop was the parking lot of a local garden center. He said there was little to no line. He parked, got in line, held up his phone so they could scan a QR code embedded in the email from our order.
Then they handed him a box of peaches. The pickup was quick, safe and efficient. He took the peaches back to the car and brought them home. Once home I opened the box. The peaches were still cool from the refrigerated delivery truck. They came in a wax-lined heavy duty cardboard box.
I placed an old bath towel on the table and then carefully placed each peach on the towel. As you can see from the photos many of the peaches had a yellow to light green hue. They did not have a strong smell upon arrival. The day we received our peaches was Wednesday, and they were not ripe.
Georgia Peach Delivery
We received instructions via email to let the peaches sit out to ripen. I checked the peaches 1-2 times per day. I also opted to turn the peaches once a day. On Friday we probably could have tried one of the peaches but I was on the fence about their ripeness. The peach smell was getting strong!
I wanted one more night and frankly I think they ripened Friday night into Saturday morning. On Saturday morning they were ready to go! My husband tried one right away and said it was delicious. Then I started the task of sorting the peaches and deciding how we would use them.
I carefully examined each peach, we had several with bruises but I was OK with this knowing how far they came. One ended up over-ripening severely and I gave it to the hubby for the next one to eat. He was able to cut away the over-ripe part and eat half the peach. The best looking peaches I placed in a paper bag in the refrigerator.
The Peach Truck Recipes
During my The Peach Truck Review, I also separated out some peaches for cooking, small peaches for quick eating, etc. All of the peaches ended up in the refrigerator to help them last longer. That day I pulled some back out and made homemade peach jam using my Ball Canning supplies and canning kit.
Then on Sunday I pulled out another five peaches and made a homemade peach pie. We continued to each some peaches fresh each day as well. As of Monday, we probably had consumed at least half of the peaches. The expected shelf life, according to The Peach Truck, once ripe is roughly one week.
We plan to continue eating the peaches fresh. In addition, I want to freeze some slices for future use. I also might make a peach cobbler or another peach dessert later in the week. It’s a lot of peaches to eat at one time but I knew going in we would have to be committed to the peach adventure!
Peach Truck Prices
As part of The Peach Truck Review, I ran some additional math after we received our 25-pound box of peaches from The Peach Truck. The box contained 46 peaches. With my online discount we paid just under $39 for the box. The regular price is $42 for a box. Our price came out to $1.54 per pound or 84-cents per peach.
In the past I have purchased Ohio grown peaches from our local supermarket. Ironically, the same week I picked up our peaches, the week of July 22, our grocery store announced peaches were available in store. The price for the Ohio peaches was $1.49 per pound, plus tax.
Our peaches actually came out cheaper without having tax added on. I’ve purchased Ohio peaches before and have been happy with them but I had never had a Georgia peach. Peaches aren’t really a native fruit in Ohio. When ordering from The Peach Truck it was important to me to be eating peaches from a place they naturally grow and thrive.
Is The Peach Truck Worth it?
In terms of the price, quality and experience we were very happy with The Peach Truck. I would like to order peaches from them again next year and might get on their email list to be the first to know when ordering is available. To my knowledge our first delivery was early July here in Northern Ohio. The trucks stop in various states and at various dates.
We really had no complaints about the product or the process. As I mentioned we did have several peaches with bruises. We easily cut away that part of the fruit and the bruising was minor. I felt like it was what I expected for arriving from a far away distance.
Once home, we made sure to handle the peaches with extreme care to not bruise them further. If we ordered again I might begin using the peaches a day sooner as I think we let a few over-ripen. I would like to better plan some peach recipes next time as well. The Peach Truck Cookbook might be a good resource for this.
The Peach Truck Reviews
This is my full The Peach Truck Review. We really enjoyed our experience with The Peach Truck and would 100% order from them again next summer. I hope the truck continues it’s Ohio stops in the future. I think we would probably order 25-pounds again, I’m not sure I could process and preserve 50-pounds all by myself before the peaches would go bad.
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