Lane Southern Orchards
Located just outside of Ft. Valley, in the heart of Middle Georgia, Lane Southern Orchards has been growing peaches and pecans for more than 100 years. The farm that now totals almost 5,000 acres was started in 1908 by John David Duke as Diamond Fruit Farm. At that time, peaches were shipped in wooden baskets, which Mr. Duke also manufactured on the farm.
Eventually, Mr. Duke's grandson, Duke Lane Sr., or “Big Duke” as he was called until his death in December 2014, took over the reins and the farm thrived under his leadership for many years. The present packing house, a state-o- the-art facility, was completed in 1990 and remains one of the most modern and efficient packing houses in the industry, with the capacity to pack and ship up to one million 25 pound cartons of peaches per season.
In 2006, Lane Packing Company, as it was then known, was purchased by Lane Southern Orchards, led by Sid and Rusty Banack of Vero Beach, Florida, who have grown, packed and shipped world famous Indian River Citrus for almost 50 years. Together, the two companies can now offer their customers a year around supply of premium farm fresh peaches, oranges, grapefruit and pecans!
Today, with several fourth and fifth generation members of the Lane family still involved, the company continues to grow, having added a sizable farm market, restaurant, bakery and catering divisions to serve local customers as well as the 300,000 visitors each year.
Duke Lane III, Bobby Lane, Duke Lane Jr., Mark Sanchez, Rusty Banack and Phillip Rigdon