The peach season can be feast or famine for the farmers in Gillespie County near Fredericksburg and Stonewall, but when it’s a good year, it’s a good year, and this year is looking like a good one.
According to the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, the region’s peach crop has produced “a bumper early yield and is primed for a strong summer showing.”
There are more than 700 acres of peaches growing in Gillespie County, and for decades, peaches were the primary tourism draw. But in the past 15 years, U.S. 290 has become known for its wineries and vineyards, which bring year-round tourism. The peaches, however, remain a beloved Central Texas treat from mid- to late-May through July.
In recent years, the crop has been smaller, earlier or shorter than farmers would prefer, but this year, “the crop looks great,” according to the Hill Country Fruit Council.
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Cling peaches, the peaches whose flesh sticks to the pit, ripen first, followed by the freestones, which ripe in June and July. There are several pick-your-own options, but many of the peach stands carry blackberries and a variety of fresh produce for sale.
You can find a listening of Texas peach stands and growers, including hours of operation at TexasPeaches.com.