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Welcome to Monday.

๐Ÿ˜Ž Today's weather: Mostly sunny with a high near 89.

โœ๏ธ Situational awareness: It's the first day of school for students in Atlanta Public Schools, as well as the Cobb and Cherokee county school districts.

  • Watch out for school buses and children in crosswalks.

Today's newsletter is 906 words โ€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Protect the peaches

Illustration of a peach with a bikini tan line.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Heat is changing Georgia's farming landscape, making it more challenging to grow cash crops โ€” and calling cards โ€” like peaches and blueberries, WABE's Sam Gringlas reports.

Why it matters: Georgia agriculture employs one of every 10 residents and contributes more than $70 billion to the state's economy.

What's happening: Warmer winters have reduced the number of "chill hours" โ€” the important time when peach trees, blueberry bushes and other fruit-bearing plants go dormant.

  • Higher temperatures could also mean trees bloom and fruits ripen earlier โ€”ย and become less likely to survive an early frost.

What they're doing: Long-term, temperatures are only expected to rise. Farmers are adapting by selecting fruit varieties that don't need as many chill hours, Pam Knox, an agricultural climatologist at the University of Georgia, tells Axios Atlanta.

  • They're also investing in frost-protection measures like irrigation and fans, she says.

Yes, but: Warmer temperatures in South Georgia have created conditions ideal for producing satsumas, the orange's hardier cousin.

  • In the near future, Knox says, Georgia could see more grapefruits and other citrus, though limes are less likely โ€” they thrive best in very hot places like south Florida.

What's next: Each segment of the state's agriculture โ€” it includes forestry and livestock like broiler chickens, Georgia's No. 1 industry โ€” works on different time horizons, Knox says.

  • Growers operate crop-by-crop and year-by-year so they're mostly focused on the variability of what they're growing and market demand.

Of note: Despite our pride in being the Peach State, Georgia's peach production trails South Carolina and California.

  • Georgia became synonymous with the fruit because the state's peaches ripened earlier than competitors and appeared in markets earlier, creating brand recognition, Knox says.

The big picture: Regardless of the effects of climate change on Georgia crops, Knox says, the state will remain an agricultural powerhouse and could see even more crops if droughts continue to hamstring mega-producers like California.

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2. ๐Ÿ’ฐ Cash for teachers

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Ola High School Spanish teacher Dorcas Toledo-Acosta, left, talks about preparing for the new school year with Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife, Marty. Photo: Kristal Dixon/Axios

Georgia educators will have a few more dollars in their pockets to buy school supplies for the new year.

Driving the news: Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday announced teachers will receive grants of $125 to purchase materials to "enhance classroom materials, address learning loss, mitigate the spread of contagions and benefit the education of our students."

  • The money comes from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund, which uses federal coronavirus relief dollars to provide emergency assistance to schools.

How it works: The Back-to-School Supply Supplement will be available to all full-time, public school teachers and staff. It will be distributed to local schools, which will then provide the money to educators.

  • The same grant was made available to teachers and staff in January.

What they're saying: Henry County Schools Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis told Axios that teachers can spend between $100 and $200 on supplies, depending on the grade level they are teaching.

  • "I'm just super proud of our state really rallying around teachers," she said.
  • Dorcas Toledo-Acosta, who teaches Spanish at Ola, said the money is a "blessing to teachers."
  • She spends $200 to $300 per semester on supplies and plans to use the grant to buy materials that will help students learn the language by asking them real-life questions.

3. Midcentury mania

A photo of a large collection of mid-century modern furniture outside storage units

Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta Used Furniture

Metro Atlanta has plenty of stores offering antiques and period pieces. So where should you turn for midcentury modern, 1960s camp and other vintage items?

Mother Lode: The Avondale Estates market packs in vendors with sharp eyes for midcentury finds and wares from local makers. Sign of a good time: The Aug. 6th pop-up and makers' market is tiki-themed. (Insta)

Decatur Estate Antique Market: Don't let the proper name fool you. You'll find lamps, retro fans and even taxidermy at this Lawrenceville Highway gem. (Insta)

Highland Row: Forty dealers pack 9,000 square feet with midcentury couches, coffee tables and chairs, plus assorted curios like old action figures, vinyl and jewelry. (Insta)

Kudzu Antiques: Located just outside Decatur, this 25,000-square-foot mainstay is a mix of retro furniture and modern wares โ€”ย and has one of metro Atlantaโ€™s best collections of salt and pepper shakers. (Insta)

Atlanta Used Furniture: The Northside Drive vendor's well-curated collection is an Instagram favorite and a great resource if you're searching for inspiration. (Insta)

Subscribers who fancy yourselves antiquarians and retrophiliacs: We know we likely missed your favorite market.

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4. ๐ŸŒณ Pic du jour: Checking out Westside Park

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This structure greets visitors to Westside Park. Photo: Kristal Dixon/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ Kristal here.

I snapped this pic Saturday morning at the second entrance to Westside Park on Johnson Road in the Grove Park neighborhood.

The park, Atlanta's largest greenspace, is gorgeous, and I encourage you to visit early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the intense sunlight since there aren't many large trees.

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5. Five-ish Points: What's up with Music Midtown?

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

๐ŸŽค Music Midtown organizers say they'll address rumors that the popular concert series might be canceled or moved from Piedmont Park. (Saporta Report)

โœˆ๏ธ Delta flight attendants are relaunching efforts to unionize. (Atlanta Civic Circle)

๐Ÿชฉ Some nightlife business owners have concerns over a City Hall proposal to close โ€œnuisance properties.โ€ (Capital B News)

๐Ÿ˜ข Big Lou, the much-loved emu that's called the Lake Claire Community Land Trust home for 25 years, has died. (Facebook)

๐Ÿš™ Porsche is expanding its North American HQ next to the airport with a new track, restaurants and restoration facility. (Urbanize)

๐ŸŽพ Australian Alex de Minaur defeated American Jenson Brooksby on Sunday to claim the 2022 Atlanta Open trophy. (ATP Tour)

๐Ÿ˜Œ Kristal is thankful for the weekend rain she will use for her plants.

๐ŸŽป Emma is still recovering from the near-religious experience of seeing a reunited Turnpike Troubadours at the Ryman in Nashville.

๐Ÿšด Thomas plans to join tonightโ€™s M+M group bike ride. Come say hello!