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Just Peachy STORY BY ROBYN PASSANTE PHOTOS BY CELIA G PHOTOGRAPHIE

WEXFORD PLANTATION EXECUTIVE CHEF FRANK COPELAND III DISHES ON HIS FAVORITE FRUIT

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Here’s some advice for anyone who plans to talk to Wexford Plantation’s executive chef Frank Copeland III about peaches: Leave time in your schedule immediately afterward to head to the nearest farmers’ market or fruit stand and buy the freshest peaches you can find. Because the craving will not leave you until you do. Copeland, who’s rounding his 15th year at Wexford, isn’t just a passing peach fan. He grew up picking them on peach farms near his grandmother’s house south of Atlanta. “The best way to eat a peach is right off of a tree, juices dripping down my chin,” said Copeland, whose family would take the fresh fruit and make peach ice cream as a unique summertime treat. “The ripe peach off the tree, that’s hands down the best.” Now that he’s a South Carolinian, each year he and his family travel to Chappell Farms in Barnwell and come home with three carloads of peaches, all picked at the very peak of the sweet fruit’s harvesting season. “The first test of a good peach is where it’s from,” says Copeland. “Getting a South Carolina peach in South Carolina means it hasn’t been on the road and refrigerated, which is a killer to most produce. Peaches never need to see a fridge, ever.” They can, however, see a freezer, which is where the vast majority of the bounty he brings back from Barnwell ends up in the short-term, after being peeled, sliced and tossed with a little bit of simple syrup and lemon juice, then vacuum-sealed to retain freshness until they’re ready to be turned into chutneys, vinaigrettes and a host of other delectable delights. In case you’re not yet reaching for your keys to go grab yourself a peck, read on for Copeland’s tips on all things peach.

IN SEASON South Carolina peaches are at their best in July and August. 86

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