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Farmer grows galaxy of new peaches

Customers say farmer David Jackson grows peaches that are really out of this world.



Customers say farmer David Jackson grows peaches that are really out of this world. They are partly right, as Jackson stands at the forefront of a revolution in the peach world, growing new varieties that offer great taste and unusual shapes. The flat-shaped peaches found at Family Tree Farms in Reedley are called Donut, Saucer or Saturn. These are old varieties that have come back in favor, as they were popular in China 600 years ago. Jackson also grows another flat peach known as Galaxy and he's expecting it to eclipse the Saturn's popularity.

The Saturn peach has excited chefs, including Roland Passot of La Folie Restaurant in San Francisco. Roland opened La Folie more than 17 years ago and has forged strong ties with many farmers and ranchers.

"The excitement is living in California and having the bounty of fruits and vegetables that we have. It's just extraordinary," he said. "I have to say I have good relations with a lot of farmers in the markets, who grow different things for me--different kinds of tomatoes and peaches for example--so it's exciting!"

For more information, visit www.familytreefarms.com.


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