Millions of Peaches

Summer is in full swing and this time of year is a fresh fruit and vegetable lover’s paradise.  Farmers markets are full of fresh, locally grown produce.  Being the mother of three young children I am always happy when I can provide them with wholesome treats.

That’s why I was so excited to discover that August is National Peach Month and has been so since June 15, 1982 when President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 4947.

Alas, I do not live in a region that produces peaches.  As a matter of fact California, South Carolina and Georgia are the three top peach producing states in the U.S.  Luckily for my family shipping fresh produce around the country has been in practice for a very long time.

Wells Fargo first started helping the U.S. enjoy fresh produce all season long in 1888, when it was among the first express companies to ship fresh fruits and vegetables in refrigerated train cars. By 1918, Wells Fargo owned 175 refrigerated boxcars to ship produce across the U.S.

Novelty postcard, ca. 1912, peaches by Wells Fargo Express (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)

Novelty postcard, 1909, peaches by Wells Fargo Express (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)

The September 1912 Wells Fargo Messenger stated that, “It is predicted that the largest crop of peaches ever produced in Oklahoma will be gathered this year.  All anticipate a heavy shipment by express.”

Image a time, before companies like Wells Fargo started shipping perishables, that you could only get locally grown fruits and vegetables. While I really try to support local growers, summer in Arizona can be tough for produce production.  I for one am glad that they ship produce from all over to my local market, that way my family is able to celebrate National Peach Month.

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One Response to Millions of Peaches

  1. NT says:

    Presidents of the United States reference on the best history blog ever? Great way to kick of the weekend!

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