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Hill Country Peach Crop Sees Bumper Early Yield: Primed for ‘Strong Summer Showing’

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After reports of a dismal year in 2017, local media have stated that the 2018 peach season in the Texas Hill Country is full-steam ahead with no signs of stopping soon. Early varietals in and around Fredericksburg were available ahead of Memorial Day, allowing for visitors at roadside stands to fill their baskets with that delicious springtime bounty we’ve come to know and love.

The Hill Country Fruit Council and a number of area growers have said that Gillespie County (the largest peach producer of all Texas counties) has seen tremendous production this spring, with some orchards harvesting as early as May 5-6.

Hill Country Peach Crop Sees Bumper Early Yield: Primed for ‘Strong Summer Showing’

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With over 1,400 commercial acres of peach production, the Texas Hill Country (Fredericksburg, in particular) is home to a number of well-rooted orchards. Area trees typically produce three to four 50-pound bushels each year. The difference in this year’s season versus last year’s is the number of chill hours and generally better conditions, according to an AgriLife horticulturist from Texas A&M at Uvalde.

According to the Hill Country Fruit Council – although we completely recommend doing some taste-testing of your own to confirm this – a soft-ripe peach is great for immediate eating (or as a topping for your vanilla ice cream). A firm-ripe and flavorful peach has only a slight give to it when gently pressed and is great for canning and freezing. Reports from the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau reveal that the Texas Hill Country’s peach crop has produced “a bumper early yield and is primed for a strong summer showing.”