A well-liked peach and apple picking destination in north Georgia lost its founder.
Five children and a husband made up the founding patriarch of Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia, Jim Echols. According to a social media post made on Saturday by Jaemor Farms, Echols also has 20 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
“He was proud of his family, his farm and his faith in Jesus. One of his passions was serving our customers day in and day out! While we already miss him so much, we know the streets of Heaven are rejoicing at his arrival,” the social media post from Jaemor Farms read.
According to its website, Jaemor Farms is a 500-acre farm that has been owned and run by families since 1912. In 1981, Echols changed the farm’s name to “Jaemor Farms”. 32 different kinds of peaches, including Georgia Belle and Elberta peaches, are grown there.
The farm is also well-known for its two annual celebrations, the Peach u-Pick Festival in August and the Strawberry Festival in May. In addition to many other attractions, visitors can enjoy hayrides, apple slingshots, roasted and boiled peanuts, and a six-acre corn maze in September and October.