We planted University of Florida developed peaches in 2011, as a way to use our nine acres of former citrus land located in Alturas. No, it was never my dream to be a peach grower. What a wild and crazy love-hate relationship it has been. Peaches are a lot of work compared to citrus! In 2015, I finally decided what my goal with these peaches is: to deliver the very best quality peach I possibly can, grown as close to the natural way as possible. It is a decision that I am very excited about and has given me a completely new outlook on the whole peach-growing idea. We are not certified organic, but if a problem comes up, we look for OMRI-approved solutions. Sometimes it means doing nothing and let the problem take care of itself. Please feel free to ask me any questions regarding the care of our peach trees and fruit. I will never knowingly disappoint you. If you should ever receive a piece of fruit with a nibble on it, that is your assurance that no pesticide has been used, but please bring it to my attention and I will gladly replace it. I work very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen, but I am human. I do not want to just sell a piece of fruit, I want a customer who absolutely loves the fruit, tells their friends and family and buys over and over again, because they know I care about their satisfaction with my product. We have repeat customers who have been with us for years now, since our first year of selling. They are like old friends to me and I appreciate them.
Florida Peaches were developed to meet the niche between Chile and Georgia, so our harvest season is usually April and May. I love this market and plan to bring our peaches every Saturday as long as I have them. I hope you will stop by our table, try a sample and enjoy the sweet juiciness of our Florida Peaches.
Charles and Alyce Voigt
7455 Cox Road
Bartow, FL 33830
How long have you been in business? We planted peaches in 2011. Our first commercial harvest was in 2013.
How did you get started? We planted peaches previously on citrus land we own.
What kind of products do you offer? We sell fresh Florida peaches developed by the University of Florida. Our varieties are UF Sun and Tropic Beauty.
What’s one thing that your customers might not know about you? I retired from office work in 2008. I now work harder than I have ever worked in my life–physical labor. It’s all good!
What’s the best part about being at the Market? Visiting with customers and hearing how much they love the peaches.
What’s one goal that you have for your business? I want to continue to harvest good peaches, always trying to increase the size with bloom management and pruning.