A few years ago, I read about Kalawi Farm's peach ice cream in Our State magazine. I just had to try it, so my husband and I took a day trip down to Eagle Springs to visit the farm and sample their peaches.
Eagle Springs is located east of Uwharrie National forest on the western edge of the Sandhills region. The North Carolina sandhills are a strip of ancient beach dunes following a line from Pinehurst and Southern Pines into South Carolina. The area's sandy soil is perfect for peaches, which prefer well-drained soil. Kalawi Farm is about an hour drive south of Greensboro.
Their ice cream didn't disappoint. We ate in the shade surrounded by the peach orchards, and it was rich, creamy, full of ripe peaches, and totally worth the trip. After indulging in this treat, you can check out the Kalawi Farm roadside stand to taste test the variety of peaches grown there and determine which type you'd like to bring home.
If you're driving to Kalawi Farm from the triangle area, we recommend stopping for lunch at Johnson's Drive-In in Siler City, a legendary NC burger joint which has been open since 1946. When you arrive, sidle up to the bar and order yourself a griddled cheeseburger NC-style (chili, slaw, mustard and onions), just like we like them here at NC MADE. Be warned -- this place is popular with the local crowd, only open for lunch, and sometimes sells out of burgers.
And if you can't make the trip down to Kalawi, you can find their peaches at the Durham Farmers Market in downtown Durham on Saturdays during peach season. Last week, they featured the Ruby Prince variety.
- Kalawi Farm: 1515 N Carolina 211, Eagle Springs, NC
- Johnson's Drive-In: 1520 E 11th St, Siler City, NC