National Geographic : 1951 Sep
326 U. S. Department of Agriculture Two Young Fruit Merchants Test Their Grapes on a Hungry Customer This roadside stand near Spartanburg, South Carolina, typifies thousands that spring up every summer in fruit growing areas. Often the proprietors are children; their wares, because they are tree-ripened, may be juicier and sweeter than fruit shipped to market. Though the soldier seems fonder of grapes, the peaches at his feet are a much more important crop in this part of the country. In the past decade South Carolina has edged up beside Georgia as one of the Nation's leading fresh peach producers, and a keen rivalry now spurs growers in both States. Crops in recent years have averaged about 5,000,000 bushels for each State. Their peaches are almost all freestones-the kind in which the pulp separates easily from the pit-and most are sold as fresh fruit. Elberta is the leading variety. Clingstone peaches, used mostly for canning, are largely grown in California.