I have lived in Georgia for a long time, and even worked for the State government and local municipalities most of these years. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Lane Packing, based on what I have heard about it.
Finally got there, after all of these years! I figured the plant tours were not running off-season, and I was right, I understand packing plantd and was not upset. Someday, I will get to see that peach and strawberry packing happen.
However, I was disappointed. Very disappointed. Lane Packing has a warm and friendly environment and staff, but I would recommend stopping here during peach season. I guess I just know some tricks of the trade, but what disappointed me the most was that all of their canned products were simply privately labeled "exclusively for Lane". Are they REALLY Lane/Fort Valley peaches? Who knows. Are they even Georgia peaches? Who knows. (Private labeling usually means someone else's product.) I recognized the private label peach cider right away--and from the various State Farmers Markets--one being near where we live.
We had wanted to eat at the cafe, but it was a long line of pay-first-then-eat patrons. (They had a special event going on in the parking lot, so most days the cafe is probsbly speedier. We opted for peach ice cream and fresh peach cobbler in the short line next to the cafe line. In my mind I expected both the ice cream and cobbler to be the best I have ever had because they were famous Lane peaches--but, both were lacking flavor of any kind. Crushed.
Their cookbooks, gifts and food products can be found all over Georgia. I guess I was expecting an original, one-of-a-kind experience, but it just felt like a copy of places I know well. High hopes. Bubble burst.
BUT....if you are travelling, need a place to stretch your legs, and like the road less traveled, Lane is a good stop. It is easy to find and about 8 miles off of I-75 at exit 142. There are unique peachy food products, fresh produce of the season, candy, fresh baked breads, gifts, a cafe, ice cream, cookies, cobbler and such. I am sure most people enjoy it. I was just expecting "more" with the stellar and strong reputation Lane has throughout the Georgia tourism network. Most people probably just don't care so it is a decent stop to make when traveling along I-75.
Mom note: open area ground level is pretty kid-friendly where the little ones can be a bit loud. Has an OK bathroom with changing station. Nice staff members.
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