Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:40:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:48:20 EST
Georgia may be the Peach State, but it's also the nation's No. 1 state for producing peanuts.
That makes this week a busy one for many Georgia farmers--including Hardy Farms in Hawkinsville--as the peanut crop is ready for harvest.
While this year's rains have caused some aggravation, it hasn't had a big impact on the crop.
"It's made it more of a challenge to control your weeds and get out your fertilizer and things like that just because you can't get into the field when you want to," said Ken Hardy, vice president of Hardy Farms. "But the quality should not be compromised at all."
As soon as the peanuts are pulled from the ground, they are put through several processes that range from washes and a sanitizing dip, to selection by laser.
The peanuts are then sorted by hand before being bagged and shipped, first to the roadside stands, and then to grocery stores.
This will be the first weekend of the season that the 28 Hardy Farms roadside stands will be open. The stands sell the peanuts freshly boiled or green by the bagful.
Hardy Farms has been a part of Hawkinsville and Middle Georgia since 1935, and they say they're here to stay.
"We're expanding into some new products in the area and we're just always looking to grow and help out the middle Georgia area," Hardy said. "We enjoy being here."
For fans of Georgia peanuts, the feeling is mutual.