Every summer, most of us Birmingham residents, at some point, find ourselves southbound on I-65, headed towards the Gulf Coast. I’ve been traveling up and down that interstate since I was a child. Most of us have one thing in mind when heading south on 65: Get to the sun and sand as quickly as possible- It’s vacation time! Even us fair-skinned gingers can appreciate that! (Did I pack the spf 75?)
One stop worth making, whether it is on the way down, or as you head back to reality, is the Durbin Farms Exit (#205).
Something amazing happens to peaches in Alabama right around July/August. They turn into the sweetest, most ripe fruit imaginable. You can actually touch really ripe peaches and feel the moisture on your fingertips. Incredible. It’s the little things, right?
Durbin Farms has been around since 1938. The Durbin Farms Market has an excellent variety of peaches, from Havis to Sweet Scarlet. They’ve also got a huge assortment of fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh preserves, salsas and butters.
No Southern market would be complete without boiled peanuts. They’ve got those too (and green peanuts, in case you like to boil them yourself)! Spend some time there shopping and hit up the café where you can order lunch or just splurge on some homemade ice cream and fried pies (with or without confectioner sugar on top).
Durbin Farms does offer a U Pick Em. I’d contact them first for more info on that if you are planning on going that route.
The peaches are exquisite by themselves. However, below are a few recipes to inspire you to go a little further. Enjoy!