A Southern peach dating back to the 18th century will return to the Lowcountry this weekend. After launching the “Lemon Cling Peach Project” in 2017, the Charleston chapter of Slow Food International will bring 150 lemon cling peach trees from Countryside Nurseries in Albemarle County, Virginia, and donate them to partners throughout the state, a press release said. 

Warm conditions and a 2019 windstorm that wiped out that season’s crop have left the Lowcountry without this beloved peach for multiple years. The lemon cling peach, which ripens in the second half of September, has been enrolled on Slow Food International’s “global register of the most historically resonant, flavorful and endangered foods,” a nomination that was sponsored by the Charleston chapter. 

Slow Food will donate 100 of the 150 trees, and the other 50 will be “placed with enthusiasts, historians and home growers within South Carolina.” Beneficiaries like the Charleston Parks Conservancy, Green Heart Project, MUSC Urban Farm, Fresh Future Farm, Shuler Farm and Watsonia Farm can pick up trees at the GrowFood Carolina warehouse on Friday, March 19 or Sunday, March 21 at Butcher & Bee from 12-2 p.m. 

Sunday, Off Track Ice Cream will be on hand to debut its newest collaborative flavor: vegan sourdough toast crunch, which is made using sourdough bread from Butcher & Bee. Scoops will be available for $6, with proceeds benefiting Pay It Forward Charleston

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Andrew Cebulka