Boiled peanuts are a favorite local snack. Raw, green peanuts are
boiled in salty water and served hot. The mushy and briny taste may
not appeal to everyone upon first taste, but boiled peanuts are
enjoyed by many and it is easy to acquire the taste. Just don't eat
the hull. Leftover boiled peanuts should be kept in the
refrigerator, as they do not keep well at room temperature.
Hardy Farms just southeast of Hawkinsville sells some of the best boiled peanuts. Hardy Farms boiled peanuts are of good quality and not too salty. Every August when their new peanut crop is available, Hardy Farms open peanut stands around Central Georgia to sell their newly harvested peanuts. You can buy their peanuts already boiled and ready to eat or buy fresh green peanuts to cook later at home.
Hardy Farms uses only freshly harvested green peanuts to prepare boiled peanuts at their peanut stands. The harvest is from August through October. When the peanut harvest is over, their peanut stands disappear until the next years harvest.
STANDS CLOSED NOVEMBER THROUGH JULY
Sometimes the Hardy Farms peanut stands will open a few days early in late July and they often stay open for a few days into November if the harvest allows.
The Hardy Farms web site gives the location of their peanut
stands. The Macon, Perry and Cordele locations are especially
convenient for I-75 travelers:
MACON: I-475, Exit 5 West - drive approx. 3/4 miles west and turn left at the red light to the Flash Foods parking lot. The stand is in front of Subway.
PERRY: I-75, Exit 136 East - in the Shell Station parking lot in front of Wal-Mart at 1424 Sam Nunn Blvd.
CORDELE: I-75, Exit 101 West - in front of the Wal-Mart at 1305 East 16th Avenue (US 280), but away from the store and nearer to the street
The Dublin location is very convenient for I-16 travelers:
DUBLIN: I-16, Exit 49 - in the Chevron Station parking lot on Highway 257, which is on the north side of I-16.
Also, there is a Hardy Farms stand in the parking lot beside Georgia Bob's Barbecue in Warner Robins.